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Of-ficial Organ of The Brethren Church 



A TEN DOLLAR CLUB CHURCH 



FIRST BRETHREN CHURCH 




3955 Wales Ave. N.W. 
Massillon, Ohio 





Northern California District Conference 

Program in this issue 







J. G. DODDS 

Pastor 




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EDITORIAL STAFF 

Editor of Publications Rev. Spencer Gentle 

Board of Editorial Consultants: 

Woman's Missionary Society Mrs. Charlene Rowser 
National Laymen's Organization Floyd S. Benshoff 

National Brethren Youth Beverly Summy 

Missionary Board Rev. M. Virgil Ingraham 

Sisterhood Kay Albright 

Contributing Editors: 
National Sunday School Board . .Richard Winfield 
Sunday School Lesson Comments 

Rev. Carl H. Phillips 

Prayer Meeting Studies Rev. C. Y. Gilmer 

Spiritual Meditations Rev. Dyoll Belote 

Evangelism Rev. J. D. Hamel 

Book Reviews Rev. Richard E. Allison 

Special Subjects Rev. J. G. Dodds 

Published weekly, except the fourth week in 
July and the last week in December by: 

THE BRETHREN PUBLISHING COMPANY 

524 College Ave., Ashland, Ohio 

Phone: 37271 

Terms of Subscription: 

$4.00 per year per subscription. 

Payable in Advance. 

Entered as second class matter at Ashland, Ohio. 
Accepted for mailing at special rate, section 1103, 
Act of Oct. 3, 1917. Authorized Sept. 3, 1928. 

Change of Address: In ordering change of ad- 
dress, please notify at least three weeks In ad- 
vance, giving both old and new address. 

Remittances: Send all money, business communi- 
cations and contributed articles to above address. 

Prudential Committee: 

A. Glenn Carpenter, President; Rev. Phil Lersch, 
Vice President; Richard Poorbaugh. 



In This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: "Looking Back — Pressing Ahead" .. 3 
"As the Editor Sees It" 

(Publication Day Offering Promotional 

Article) 4 

"What Price Victory?" by Mr. Geo. Schuster 
(Publication Day Offering Promotional 

Article) 5 

Prayer Meeting Bible Study 6 

Ohio District Family Camp Report 7 

The Brethren Youth 8 

Children's Devotions 10 

Spiritual Meditations 11 

The Brethren Layman 12 

Missionary Board 14 

Woman's Missionary Society 16 

Sisterhood 17 

Northern California District Conference 
Program 18 



NOTES and COMMENTS 

WHAT PRICE VICTORY? 

fR. GEORGE SCHUSTER, Chairman of The\ 
Brethren Evangelist Promotion Committee, 
has written a very fine article entitled, "What 
Price Victory?" — you will find it on page 5 of 
this issue. 

BE SURE TO READ IT! 

January is the month for the Publication Day 
Offering. We urge you to continue to support our 
Pulblishing Company by your generous giving. 
Also, you can help by encouraging others to 
subscribe to The Brethren Evangelist. 



GIVING THANKS— 

ON PAGE 19 Of this issue of The Brethren 
Evangelist, you will find a very fine article 
on "Giving Thanks." This article is an adapta- 
tion of the sermon presented by Rev. Phil Lersch 
to his congregation on Thanksgiving Sunday, 
which was two days following the assassination 
of our President, Mr. John F. Kennedy. 

We urge you to read this sermon, it will stir 
your heart! 



SUNDAY SCHOOL SUGGESTIONS— 

TN THE Sunday School Suggestions column this 
week, we find the following quote: "Teachers 
said one thing and practiced another." 

This is the reason that many young people 
drop out of Sunday School, there is inconsistency 
in the lives of many of our teachers. Every Sun- 
day School teacher should read this article! 
You will find it on page 23. 



CHRISTMAS GIFT SUBSCRIPTIONS — 

THANK YOU for your support in this effort! 
There were over fifty gift subscriptions sent 
in this year, for which we are very thankful! 
This was more than your Editor expected! 

Those who received the gift are now reading 
their first issue of The Brethren Evangelist. We 
know that they appreciate the magazine very 
'much and join with us in thanking you for the 
gift. 

Please keep in mind that gift subscriptions 
may be ordered for birthday anniversaries as 
well as Christmas gifts. 




"Giving Thanks" by Rev. Phil Lersch 19 

Daily Devotions 20 

World Religious News 21 

Sunday School Lesson Comments 22 

News from the Brethren 23 

Memorials .23 

Sunday School Suggestions 23 



January 4, 1964 




the 

editor's 

editorial 



A SURVEY WAS TAKEN re- 
cently among evangelical 
publishers relative to the five 
most important news stories in 
the evangelical religious world 
in 1963. The result of this sur- 
vey is as follows: 

1. The Supreme Court deci- 
sion (and reaction to it) con- 
cerning prayer in the schools. 

2. The Roman Catholic 
"Thaw" (Included: Vatican 
Council, death of Pope John, 
coming of new pope. Editors 
felt these significant because it 
"forced the evangelical churches 
to take a new look at the Ro- 
man Catholic Church.") 

3. The Race Question. (Many 
felt that "evangelicals still have 
not faced up to the implications 
of the race issue." Choices also 
included : Birmingham bomb- 
ings, march on Washington, na- 
tionwide demonstrations, and 
the formation of the National 
Negro Evangelical Association.) 

4. Billy Graham's Southern 
California Crusade. 

5. The charismatic revival. 
This survey was taken and the 

results mailed to editors before 
the assassination of our Presi- 
dent, which no doubt, would 
have been first on the above list. 
Other nominations that were 
close to the above were the 
ecumenical spirit in general ; the 
awakening of South America; 
debate over inerrency of the 
Word ; relaxation of pressure on 
evangelicals in Spain; federal 
aid to education; religious refu- 



gees (Siberia and Cuba) ; and 
the military coup in Viet Nam. 

As we look back over this year 
of 1963, we can certainly see 
that it was a history-making 
year ; it will long be remembered 
by many of us and by many of 
our children. 

Along with this, there was an 
increase in crime; there contin- 
ues to be the moral breakdown 
which has been predominate in 
our country for the past few 
years ; and the complacency that 
continues to be found in the 
lives of Christians. 

All this is quite disturbing, to 
say the least! 

But we, as Christians, should 
not worry about it too much ; we 
are concerned, yes, but it will 
do us no good to fret ourselves 
sick about it. These are the signs 
of the times! 

I challenge you to read the 
prophets, especially the minor 
prophets, of the Old Testament. 
These writers of old portray ex- 
actly the circumstances of to- 
day, and especially America. All 
we need do, also, is to read the 
history of the great empires of 
days past and we see history re- 
peating itself in our world to- 
day! Nations fell following the 
same pattern that we find our- 
selves in today: moral decay, 
murder, adultery, sensual pleas- 
ures, and complacency. These 
are all elements of destruction. 

But, as I look around me, as 
I attend conferences (not only 
our own denominational confer- 
ences), as I talk to people who 
are not Christian as well as 
Christians, I sense an air of ex- 
pectancy. Some great event is 
about to break upon us — what 
is it? The world is waiting for 
someone or something! What? 



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Looking Back - - 
Vressinq Ahead 

We Christians are waiting for 
the Second Coming of Christ! 

Again, this is a parallel to the 
first advent of our Lord. The 
world was waiting in expectancy 
for someone or something. Tlie 
Jews were waiting for the Mes- 
siah. Socrates, the great Greek 
philosopher, made mention of 
the fact that some great, il- 
lustrious person would come on 
the scene to straighten out the 
affairs of the world. The Wise 
Men of old were expecting such 
a person and they followed the 
star to Bethlehem and found 
Him there. All this came about 
"in the fulness of time." How 
interesting ! 

But please note, the world was 
prepared by God for this event! 

Certainly, all we have to do 
is look around us today and we 
see that God is preparing the 
world for His second coming! 
All the signs are pointing to 
this great event! 

But there is work to do. We 
Christians cannot aflford to look 
back and forget the present and 
future! There are souls to save! 
We are to preach and teach the 
Word to those who have not 
heard. 

Let us, therefore, look into 
this new year of 1964 with re- 
newed hope of His coming; let 
us work even harder to give the 
Gospel to others. Let us repent 
of our past sins and errors in 
order that we might be better 
servants of His. 

Paul said: "Brethren, I count 
not myself to have apprehended : 
but this one thing I do, forget- 
ting those things which are be- 
hind, and reaching forth unto 
those things which are before." 

S.G. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 




by REV. SPENCER GENTLE 



The Brethren Evangelist- 
serves the 
church 



Our Magazine 
is attractive 



The Adult 

Sunday School Quarterly 

is second to none 



The Sunday School 

materials 

imprint program 



The Book Store 

serves the 

church 



YOUR EDITOR has been in this 
position for seven months; the 
first month was spent with the 
former editor, Rev. W. S. Benshofif, 
learning all the "ins and outs" of 
the task of editing a magazine. 
Much was learned during that 
month — but there is much more 
to be learned! Here, I would like 
to share with you my observa- 
tions relative to all that is involved 
in the printing and mailing of our 
publications. I'm sure you will ap- 
preciate more deeply THE BRETH- 
REN PUBLISHING COMPANY. 

The Brethren Evangelist is a 
magazine that serves every board 
and auxiliary of the Brethren 
Church. It is one that can touch 
every member of the Brethren fam- 
ily for it contains materials that 
are used by all, regardless of age. 
Each auxiliary of the church: the 
Woman's Missionary Society; the 
Sisterhood; the Boys' Brotherhood; 
the Laymen; the Brethren Youth; 
the Signal Lights; all have access 
to the magazine in which to pre- 
sent program material. 

Also, each board of the denomi- 
nation presents its goals and pro- 
grams for the year through The 
Brethren Evangelist. So you see, 
the magazine does serve the Breth- 
ren Church. 

Many denominational publica- 
tions come to my desk each week, 
but without reservation, we can say 
that our own magazine is the most 
attractive of all! The format, along 
with the two-color printing, and 
the good quality of paper that is 
used, all contribute to the "eye-ap- 
peal" which it has. Your Editor 
is always on the lookout for ideas 
that will present the contents in a 
rriore attractive way. 

The Brethren Bible Class Quar- 
terly is "tops" in its field! It is 
theologically sound and is a quar- 
terly that can be used by our 



Brethren Sunday Schools, for it is 
written by Brethren men. The three 
writers. Rev. Henry Bates, Rev. Wil- 
liam H. Anderson and Rev. John 
F. Locke, are all Brethren ministers 
and have the doctrines of the 
Brethren church at heart, there- 
fore_ the quarterly can be used 
without fear of doctrinal compro- 
mise. 

These men spend many long 
hours in the writing of these ma- 
terials; they are to be commended 
upon the fine work which they are 
doing each quarter. We truly ap- 
preciate their faithfulness. 

By-the-jway, our quarterly is al- 
so used by other denominations, 
which speaks well of the publica- 
tion. 

A few years ago, the Sunday 
School Board initiated the imprint 
program for our Brethren Sunday 
Schools. Gospel Light materials are 
used by our Sunday Schools; these 
quarterlies are imprinted with our 
own promotional materials. The 
Brethren Publishing Company has 
the responsibility of ordering these 
materials, mailing them out to the 
Sunday Schools, and sending out 
the invoices each quarter. This is 
a task! This is a service, however, 
that is being done for the local 
church. The Brethren Publishing 
Company and the Sunday School 
Board feel that the imprint pro- 
gram is one of the best things that 
has happened to our Sunday School 
for many years. This program is 
successful only because you have 
made it so! 

Another very important phase 
of the work of the Publication 
Board is the maintenance of the 
Book Store. This book store serves 
the Brethren Church from the east 
coast to the west coast. Books, gifts, 
Sunday School materials, program 
materials for special services and 
many other items are available at 
this store. 



January 4, 1964 



A prinf shop 

for your 

job printing 



We must 

support the 

Publication Day Offering 



We urge you not to forget your 
own book store whenever you have 
an order to place for books and 
program materials, especially. If 
the desired item is not in stock, 
the book store will be most happy 
to order it for you and will mail 
it to you as soon as it arrives at 
the store. 

We also have a print shop that 
can do job work for you. Your sta- 
tionery^ special program bulletins, 
tickets, booklets and other such 
job printing can be printed for you 
here at the Brethren Pubhshing 
Company. Estimates will be mailed 
to you on any job printing. We 
urge you to take advantage of the 
work of our own facilities. 

For these above reasons, and 
many, many more, we, as Breth- 
ren, must support the Publication 
Day Offering. There is always a 
deficit in the printing of The Breth- 
ren Evangelist; several reasons for 



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this, but the main reason is be- 
cause we do not have enough sub- 
scribers! At the present, we have 
approximately 3600 subscribers — we 
need many more before the maga- 
zine will pay for itself. Our goal 
is to have at least 1500 more sub- 
scribers! According to the latest 
statistical report, there are 7,929 
family units in the Brethren 
Church — less than one-half take 
The Brethren Evangelistl Every 
family should have the magazine! 
We know, of course, that this will 
not come to pass; but we do feel 
that 5,000 subscriptions is a reason- 
able goal. We urge the local 
churches to do all in their power 
to help boost this total! 

General Conference approved a 
Publication Day Offering of $8,000. 
We need this — please do your share! 
AS THE EDITOR SEES IT— in 
order to print a better magazine, 
we need your support! 




PUBLICATION DAY OFFERING GOAL 
not less than $8,000 



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WHAT PRICE VICTORY? 

by GEORGE SCHUSTER 

Chairman of 
THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST PROMOTION COMMITTEE 



WITH THE "COLD WAR" that has been the topic 
of conversations for some time now, and seem- 
ing as though it might run lukewarm or even hot 
at times, we are vitally concerned as to the devas- 
tation and destruction with the tremendous loss of 
life and money that always accompanies any war. 
Yet, whatever means of destruction may be used, be 
it atom, hydrogen or cobalt bomb, it may not be as 
destructive as the weapon we as Christians are battling 
against in the war we are presently fighting. A spir- 
itual war so to speak. 

The battlefront locale is the thinking mind of man, 
the weapon is the printing press, and the ammuni- 
tion — paper bullets and bombs. This is a war which 
began when Satan and the angels who stood behind 
him enacted a rebellion against the Kingdom of God. 
This war will not end until our Lord as King of Kings 
puts down this rebellion when He establishes the 
new heavens and the new earth. 

In this war, we are responsible as that famous old 
hymn signifies, to go "ONWARD, CHRISTIAN SOL- 
DIERS." We are, in this day and age, not fighting a 



cold war in this respect, but a real war against the 
Satanic powers who are fighting a paper war against 
us for the souls of mankind. How much of a chance 
we have against Satan depends upon what we as 
Christian stewards of God's Word are doing about it. 

Just as there are various departments in the armed 
forces of any nation such as army, navy, air force, 
etc., Satan is using various branches of fighting pow- 
er against Christianity and all it stands for. These 
are items of anti-God literature falling into cate- 
gories of communism, false isms of all sorts, and the 
printed word of various sects among us today. Wheth- 
er they are deliberate in their warfare by being out- 
spoken in their opposition to the Christian cause, or 
be they sly and cunning as if an intelligence agency, 
by uttering half-truths to befuddle the minds of 
men, they are equally dangerous. 

At one time, it was customary to obtain reading 
material either in a library or at a news stand. To- 
day, it may be found in practically every drug store, 
grocery store, department store, and the many book 
stores. So it is evident from the various sources that 



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provide reading material that more and more peo- 
ple are reading today than ever before. 

As a member of the Publicity Committee of The 
Brethren Evangelist, I am personally concerned what 
we as Brethren people throughout the whole land are 
doing in the way of utilizing our own denominational 
publication as an effective weapon against the enemy 
that is trying, and quite successfully, to find its way 
into our homes, our neighbors' homes, our schools. 

The Brethren Evangelist is not full of sensational 
news that is often published in order to attract more 
subscriptions, news in the sense of worldly matters 
that is, but it is packed with news of God and His 
Kingdom which is more than sensational to the lost 
soul and this is what should be attracted. This is 
Christ's command to us. 

Perhaps, we may be under the impression that 
this relatively small publication could in no way 
compete with the other publications to be found 
throughout the world. In this respect, I am reminded 
of the illustration used by one of our elders of how 
in a factory, a great bar of steel weighing 500 pounds, 
8 feet in length, was suspended vertically by a deli- 
cate chain. Nearby, a bottle cork was suspended by 
a silk thread. The purpose was to show that the cork 
could set the steel bar in motion. It seemed impossible. 
The cork was swung gently against the steel bar, 
and the bar remained motionless. But it was done 
again and again for ten minutes, and lo, at the end 
of that time, the bar gave evidence of being uncom- 
fortable; a sort of nervous chill ran over it. Ten 
minutes later, the chill was followed by a vibration. 
At the end of a half hour of tapping by the cork, the 
great bar was swinging like a pendulum. 

I feel that The Brethren Evangelist might well be 
compared to the cork on a silk thread, and that if 
enough copies are put into the hands of people who 
would like to see the steel bar of anti-God literature 
really get shaken up, it can be done, first of all, be- 
cause it contains on every page many taps against 
the bar that will accomplish this seemingly impos- 
sible feat. 

How can this be accomplished? Simply by doing 
just as does any army, by providing each soldier with 
the weapon and ammunition. In our case, by seeing 
that The Brethren Evangelist is put in every Brethren 
home and as many others as might be possible. 

This issue of the Evangelist is stressing the need for 
more subscriptions. Personally, I am vitally con- 
cerned in this matter. But of equal and just as vital 
concern is it to me to want to see the Evangelist in 
the hands of every member of the Brethren Denomi- 
nation so that the various segments of this publi- 
cation, which is compiled and edited by the most 
dedicated people, can be used most effectively to 
stamp out the evil disease being spread by non- 
Christian reading material. 

Some time ago, the Saturday Evening Post carried 
an article entitled, "How Soon Is Too Late?" The 
article referred to Fallout; The Silent Killer. The 
question raised by this article was: "How much ra- 
diation can we safely tolerate? What is the price of 
disease, deformity, and earthly death future genera- 
tions may have to pay for our atomic activities?" Can 
we analyze the spiritual needs of the people all over 
the world today without asking a similar question 



The Brethren Evangelist 

ourselves? How much trashy paperback reading 
material in addition to all kind of literature of ques- 
tionable value must be taken off the shelves in va- 
rious places to insure clean minds, not only in future 
generations, but the very one we now live in? 

If money, the cost of this publication is the problem, 
let us carefully consider that for each one dollar we 
spend in circulating Christian Literature, Russia is 
spending fifty for anti-Christian literature. Their only 
concern is to get the literature into the hands of 
each individual. Whether each piece is read or not 
is not of any real concern to them — they know that 
if their literature reaches the hands, it will reach the 
heart. 

Our reasons for wanting to get Christian literature 
into the homes are more noble, and we are concerned 
with seeing that it reaches every home. For many 
homes, the church paper is the only piece of Christian 
literature ever received. In view of what it costs us 
compared to Russia, let us not be blinded into going 
out to war, "Praising the Lord, and forgetting to pass 
the ammunition." 



Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 

C. Y. Gilmer 



ANOTHER YEAR 

Another year! 

In which to strive and win; 

In which to live anew, 

"Forgetting that which is behind" — 

Saving the lesson brought to mind — 

That we may better do. 

ALL THAT WE NEED in Christian growth and 
strength is available (Col. 2:10). God never 
told His people to go backward — always "go forward" 
(Exod. 14:15). We make progress or we go back- 
ward (TI Pet. 1:5-10) . D. L. Moody said that the world 
has yet to see what God can do with a man who is 
fully yielded to Him (Eph. 2:10). We are "always to 
abound in the work of the Lord" (I Cor. 15:58). We 
need not fear God's leadership (Prov. 1:33). In our 
commitment unto Him we are safe (Ps. 4:8). 

Another year! 

With much to dare and do — 

If Jesus tarries still: 

Great mountain peaks ahead to climb; 

Dear souls to win, while there is time; 

And conquest, if we will. 

The natural man blindly refuses the glowing pros- 
pect of the Christian for himself (I Cor. 2:9). He 
fails to realize that the Christian has a continual 
Helper (Phil. 1:6). He is not aware of the source of 
Christian success (II Cor. 2:14). He knows nothing 
of the new vistas that constantly open to one whose 
motto is "Excelsior!" (Ps. 25:14). He has never tried 
divine guidance (Ps. 32:8) nor divine strength (Deut. 



January 4, 1964 



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33:25). Christ, as Pilot, is precious only to the be- 
liever (I Pet. 2:7). 

Another year! 

What shall it mean to me — 

The days and weeks before? 

Perhaps some glist'ning tears to shed, 

A cross to bear, as on I'm led; 

The Father knows what more. 
Though the voyage ahead may be rough_ we can 
trust our Pilot to handle the situation (Isa. 41:10). 
If we abide in our rightful place that God has pro- 
vided for us, we shall not be afraid (Ps. 91:1, 2, 4, 5). 
Though our associates, like ourselves, are imperfect 
saints, they are the crowd to which we belong (I Jn. 
1:7). We have the benefit of angelic service (Heb. 
1:14), and also angelic protection and deliverance 
(Ps. 34:7). If we "trust in the Lord" and obey Him 
(Ps. 37:3), and "delight. . .in the Lord" (v. 4), all 
our need will be supphed (Phil. 4:19). 



Another year! 

I cannot see the path. 

But I shall take the way. 

When its tomorrows all shall flee 

Into the yesterdays, I'll be 

Near the "Perfect Day." 

—Unknown 

We are always ready for our earthly pilgrimage 
to be transformed to the trans-eternal (II Tim. 1: 
12). We are assured of a safe arrival (Ps. 107:30). 
The love that follows us all our days (Ps. 23:6) is an 
endless love (Jn. 13:1). We keep our sins confessed 
(I Jn. 1:9). We forget our "little" past (Phil. 3:13). 
We look forward, in God's time, to an abundant en- 
trance into His heavenly kingdom (I Pet. 1:11). 

"And on before us lies the way 
To greater things — a brighter day." 



OHIO DISTmCT FAMILY CAMP 

Reported by Paul Clapper 



TP THIS REPORT of the last Ohio District Family 
^ Camp comes more like a Christmas greeting than 
a Labor Day experience, please don't blame the Editor 
of Publications. One of the enemies of progress, pro- 
crastination, again set in, along with some misplaced 
authority as to who was responsible for supplying 
pertinent facts for the report. 

There was a Family Camp for Ohioans at Camp 
Bethany over the Labor Day weekend and again 
meeting or surpassing all expectations of another won- 
derful Christian experience. 

Numerically, the camp was bulging at the seams 
with a total of 187 campers recorded as being on the 
grounds for all or part of the time. 

The program included such high spots as Bible 
study with Dr. Bruce Stark of Ashland Seminary; 
a color slide presentation and first person report of 
the Nigerian Mission work by Miss Dorothy Carpenter ; 



the Sunday morning message by Rev. Ray Aspinall, 
missionary-in-preparation to the Argentine; as well 
as a welcome visit by the Kenneth Solomons. 

You may have guessed from the above that the 
theme of this year's camp had a strong missionary 
emphasis, which it did. 

Add to these high spots the scheduled morning 
watches, discussion periods, vespers, camp fires, rec- 
reation and swimming, and snack times (not count- 
ing some that were held in conjunction with extended 
discussion which ran well into the wee hours of the 
morning!) . . . plus some fine meals, and you be- 
gin to get the Family Camp idea. Insert a smattering 
of free time to it all and the picture is just about 
complete. 

With the hope that this is not becoming too re- 
petitive. Family Camp is something no good Breth- 
ren District should be without! Is YOUR District 
planning a Family Camp in 1964? 




Ohio District Family Camp, 1963 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



B rethren 
Youth 
Crusaders 

YOUTH REPORTS FROM . . . 

. . . FLORA, INDIANA 



We started our new season with a weiner roast and 
hayride at the home of Carl and Carol Humbarger. 
Since the air was chilly, we made the hayride short 
and then had several games inside by the fire. 

Halloween week, we helped canvass a section of 
Flora for the CROP. After soliciting, we returned to 
the church for refreshments of hot chocolate and 
doughnuts served by Mrs. Rose Pullen and Mrs. Doris 
Duff. 

At our first meeting of the new year, our new pas- 
tor, Rev. William Livingston, divided us into two 
groups for our programs. Fifteen minutes of each 
meeting will be spent in preparing for the Bible quiz 
contest. After the regular meeting, we are invited 
to stay for Bible Study, led by our pastor. 

We are taking special interest in the National 
Project this year because Richard Kuns, pastor of 
the church we are helping, grew up in our commun- 
ity. 

The following officers will serve for the coming 
year: 

Senior group — President Diane Duff 

Vice President ....Bob Livingston 

Secretary Duane Pullen 

Treasurer Jim Myer 

Pianist Carol Humbarger 

Song Leader Richard Newell 

Good Cheer Patricia Pullen 

Sponsor Rose Pullen 

For the Junior group, Gary Duff is president and 
Brenda Mullendore is the secretary. 

Diane Duff 



. . . SOUTHEASTERN DISTRICT 

The fall Southeastern District Youth Rally was held 
at the Washington, D. C. church. The activities of the 
day included our business session, a trip to the new 
Herndon, Virginia, church site and parsonage, a de- 
licious meal served by the Washington people, and an 
inspiring message by the new mission pastor of our 
district, Rev. Richard Kuns. 



In our business session the following officers were 
elected: 

President Jim Geaslen 

Vice President Buddy Woods 

Secretary Donna Fields 

Ass't. Secretary Patty Finks 

Treasurer Freddie Finks 

Ass't. Treasurer .Esther Thomas 

Other items of business that were discussed and 
approved were: the district young people set a goal 
of $1,000 toward the national goal of $8,000 for the 
Herndon church; the spring rally will be held at Saint 
James, Maryland. 



. . . CENTER CHAPEL, INDIANA 

We have started on our goals for the new year. 
We had a car wash Saturday, October 18, and raised 
$25.00. We also gleaned corn from the fields after 
the picker had been in the fields and sold it for 
project money. 

Our sponsors, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Stout, had a chili 
supper for us on October 25, then we went as a group 
to the Peru Revival where Brother Buck Garrett 
was the evangelist. 

We are working on the study of the Book of John 
and plan to enter the Quiz Contest. 

Last year, we studied the book of James along with 
our Scripture Press material and we used quizzes on 
the book as a program for several of our neighbor- 
ing churches, using the offering toward our project 
money for last year. 

We are sending $12.50 a month toward the support 
of a student at Lost Creek. 
Our officers for the year are: 

President Holly Hite 

Vice President Isaac Stout, Jr. 

Secretary Jesse Stout 

Treasurer Nelda Neff 

Ass't. Treasurer Gary Miller 

Ass't. Secretary Bob Fouts 

Advisors Matilda and Isaac Stout 

Jesse Stout, 
secretary 



. . . ARDMORE, INDIANA 

The Ardmore Senior Brethren Youth met on No- 
vember 1 for a Halloween Party. Our youth group 
shared in the party jointly with the upper and lower 
high school age classes. 

All of the kids were judged by the advisors on the 
best costume. Mary Carpenter was judged as having 
the best costume. 

After this, we played games for a couple of hours 
and then we were served refreshments. 

Stephen Cole, 
Corresponding Secretary 



TUCSON, ARIZONA 



Our theme for the month of December was "Christ 
First." Activities included our regular meetings with 



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guest speaker, Mr. Lew Mann, and another with Rev. 
Stogsdill as the speaker. We had rehearsal for our 
Candle Light Service and then presented it on Christ- 
mas Eve. Caroling was also included in our schedule. 
November 29-December 1 found us on a Youth Re- 
treat with the Tempe church. Tucson furnished two 
cooks and Phoenix sent Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wright 
and Lois Berkshire. Our days at Payson were full of 
activities, eats and fellowship. . .and we enjoyed ev- 
ery minute! 



BURLINGTON, INDIANA 




Believing on the Lord Jesus Christ — we, the Bur- 
lington BYC, have been earnestly striving to serve 
Him and make Him truly our personal Saviour. 

We know we can have a good time in our church 
work and with our Christian friends and we are prov- 
ing this. August 10, the parsonage lawn was the site 
of a very strange gathering. Twenty-four assorted 
hobos met for the BYC Hobo Party. Pictures included 
in this article show some of the good times we had. 
The first one shows the Upper-Crust from Snoto Hill. 
The second shows the boys decorating their Shanty. 
The contest between the boys and girls was to see 
who could have the most original Shanty. Both sides 
had access to the "City Dump" also found on the 
lawn. The boys won the contest when they thought 
to add the modern day touch. They found two old 
tires in the "dump" and made their Shanty a mobile 
home as shown in the second picture. 

The youth leaders served "Mulligan Stew," the 
cole slaw was served from a dish pan and the bread 
from a clothes basket (both were well scrubbed of 
course) . By the time the watermelon was cut, ev- 
eryone had quieted down and were ready to go into 
the parsonage for our devotions and business meet- 
ing. The pictures were taken by our pastor, Rev. 
Duane Dickson, whom we feel missed one of the best 
ones — that of Max Oyler, our vice president, swing- 
ing from a tree, pretending to be one of his ancestors. 

After the supper, the BYC surprised the pastor's 
wife with gifts and cake for her birthday. 



The youth have also taken their turn in having 
charge of the opening services on Sunday evening. 
We find our church more than willing to allow us 
the chance to train for the jobs we will one day hold 
in this, our church. 

Five of our group attended National Conference. 
Candace Dickson won second place in the Peace 
Poster contest at Conference. 

Last year, our group was one of the BYC groups 
to make the Banner Society and we said we would 
be an Honor Society this year and we made it! Bur- 
lington was one of three Honor Societies this year. 
This has proved to us that we need not be a big group 
— just one that is willing to work for the Master. No 
matter how small the group, our Lord can use us 
mightily for His kingdom if we are willing. 

We have also found time from our busy school 
schedule and activities to attend the District Rallies. 
Tom Hanna, our BYC president, is the district vice 
president and Candace Dickson, our secretary-treas- 
urer, is the state SMM secretary. So we know the 
Lord has a work for us to do and we covet your 
prayers that He shall always find us yielded to His will. 

While Rev. Don Rowser was here for evangelistic 
services in October, we found many ways in which 
the youth can serve their church and their Saviour. 
Aside from singing in the choir, we also were re- 
sponsible for special music for several nights. We 
sponsored a youth night and fellowship afterwards. 
Rev. Rowser, who was very popular with the young 
people, spoke to us. We were happy to have George 
and Sue Brown and family, the youth directors of 
the Peru BYC, with us that evening. 

During these meetings, six of our young people, 
along with two of the youth directors, rededicated 
their lives anew to our precious Saviour. So you see, 
even though we enjoy good times and parties, we also 
know how rewarding the deeper things such as 
prayer meetings can be. We have eight at prayer meet- 
ing each week with rare exception. It was also a 
great blessing to see ten of the BYC present at Holy 
Communion on October 21. The business of serving a 
Risen Saviour is serious to them. 

Christmas activities included the giving of a play 
entitled "In My Father's House" on December 15. The 
youth again sponsored a Christmas Eve Candle Light 
service. 

We shall strive to improve in this coming year but 
we know without our blessed Saviour it would be 
hopeless — so we praise Him for His mercy and love 
He so richly bestows upon us. 

Helen Dickson 




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CHILDREN'S 

DAILY DEVOTIONS - 

Mrs. Roberf G. Holsinger 

Bible readings from S^. ..la^thew 
.Memory Scripture for the month — Matthew 7:7: 

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall 
fl7id; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 

January 8-14 

Wednesday, January 8, 1964 

Scripture: Matthew 6:9-14 

Pray Ye 

When do you pray? At mealtime? At bedtime? That's 
good. You should pray then. But did you know you 
can pray about anything, anytime, anywhere? 

When you were very small, you were probably 
taught to bow your head, close your eyes, and fold 
your hands when you prayed. If our heads are bowed 
and our eyes are closed, then we do not see things 
around us to become interested in them. With our 
hands folded we are not doing other things. We are 
thinking only about what we are praying. 

It is not necessary to always close your eyes and 
fold your hands when you pray. Prayer is talking 
with God. He likes for us to talk with Him often. 

As you dress in the morning^ you can say, "Thank 
You, God, for my nice clothes. Thank You for Mother 
and Daddy who get them for me." 

On the way to school, you can say, "Thank You, 
God, for my friends," as you run to catch up with them. 

When you are crossing a busy highway, you can 
say, "Please help me to be careful, God." 

When do you pray? At mealtime? Yes. At bedtime? 
Yes. But remember to talk with God many other 
times through the day, too. 
Prayer: 

Dear God, I am glad I can talk with You. Help 
me to remember to pray often today and every day. 
In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Thursday, January 9, 1964 
Scripture: Matthew 6:19-21 

Treasures In Heaven 

More than anything else, Jean wanted a talking doll. 
Whenever she went shopping with Mother, she hur- 
ried to the toy department to look at the doll she 
wanted. 

"Oh, Mother, may I have her? May I?'' Jean would 
ask when Mother came for her. 

"We will see," Mother always said. 

Then came Jean's birthday. That morning, she 
found a large box tied with a big blue bow on the 
dining room table. Can you guess what was in it? 
That's right. The talking doll. 

"Oh, thank you, Mother. Thank you, Daddy," Jean 
said as she hugged and kissed them both. "She is the 
nicest thing I ever had. She is my treasure." 

Because she was so fond of the doll, Jean showed 
her to her friends and told everyone about her. She 



could think of nothing else. 

Jesus tells us that this is the way we should feel 
about Him. We should love Him so much that we think 
of Him often and tell others about Him. If He is our 
"treasure," our thoughts will be about Him. 
Prayer : 

Thank You, God, that I know Jesus. Help me to tell 
others about Him. In His name I pray. Amen. 

Friday, January 10, 1964 

Scripture: Matthew 7:1-5 

Judge Not 

Do you ever try to guess what is in a package be- 
fore you open it? It is hard to do, isn't it? 

You can shake it. You can squeeze it. You can smell 
it. Still you can't tell what is inside. Maybe you think 
it is a game, but when you open the box you find 
a puzzle. Maybe you think it is shoes. When you open 
the box you see skates. 

Yes, packages can be real foolers. So can people. 
That's why Jesus said, "Judge not." He knew we 
couldn't tell what another person is really like. 

It is easy to say or to think, "You're a cheat!" or, 
"You're selfish!" But we don't really know why the 
other person acted as he did. Only God knows that 
— only God knows what thoughts are inside a person. 

Perhaps your friend didn't cheat or isn't selfish. 
Maybe there's a reason for the way he acted. 

No, you can't always teill what's in a package. You 
can't always tell why people are like they are. So, 
"Judge not." 
Prayer : | 

Help me, God, to think kind thoughts. Help me 
to remember not to judge other people. In Jesus' 
name I pray. Amen. 

Saturday, January 11, 1964 
Scripture: Matthew 7:7-12 

Do Ye Even So 

"Am I going to have fun when I get home!" de- 
clared Joe to Kenneth as the two boys walked along. 
"Daddy was on a business trip and when he came 
home he brought me a big set of tinker toys. I can 
make all kinds of things with it." 

Then Joe remembered that Kenneth didn't have a 
father or mother to do nice things for him. He lived 
with his grandmother who loved him and took good 
care of him, but there wasn't enough money for many 
of the things the other boys had and did. "If I were 
Kenneth," thought Joe, "I wouldn't want someone to 
be telling me all the time about the nice things he 
had." 

Then Joe had another idea. "Let's go ask your grand- 
mother if you can come to my house to play with the 
new tinker toys." 

When Joe thought of how Kenneth must have felt, 
he was obeying Jesus' teaching, "As ye would that 
men should do to you, do ye even so to them." 
Prayer : 

Thank You, God in heaven, for the friends I have. 
Help me to be kind to others and to treat them the 
way I want to be treated. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Sunday, January 12, 1964 

Scripture: Matthew 7:24-29. 

Taught Them With Authority 

Who is in charge in your classroom? The teacher, 
of course. You know she is by the way she talks and 



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by the way she acts. She has spent much time learn- 
ing the best ways to teach boys and girls the things 
they need to know. 

Someone else, let's say the janitor, can come into 
your room. Now, he knows the things you are learn- 
ing, but he would not be able to teach them to you. 
He has not had the proper training and does not know 
the best ways to help you. 

Your teacher does. She does it easily. You know 
she has authority. 

So it was with the Jewish people when they heard 
Jesus speak. By the way He spoke and acted, they knew 
He had authority. 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for sending Jesus to be my Savior. 
Help me to follow Him each day. In His name I pray. 
Amen. 

Monday, January 13, 1964 

Scripture: Matthew 9:20-22 

Faith Made Thee Whole 

What is faith? It is believing — knowing something 
is really true. Nothing anyone can say or do will 
change your mind. You know it is right. You have 
faith. 

The woman in our Bible story knew Jesus was 
wonderful. She was sure if she touched the bottom 
of His robe, she would be healed. She made her way 
through the crowd. At last she was near enough to 
Jesus to reach out and touch His robe. Immediately 
she was well. 

Was it the robe that healed her? No. When Jesus 
turned around to speak to her. He told her it was her 
faith that cured her. Because she believed Jesus could 
help her, she was made well. She had faith. 

Let us trust Jesus to help us. Let us have faith. 



Prayer: 

Dear God, help me to have faith in Jesus. Help 
me to trust Him more. In His name I pray. Amen. 

Tuesday, January 14, 1964 
Scripture: Matthew 9:27-31 

Believe Ye? 
The two men were blind, 
Who followed behind 
Jesus, our Lord; 
Jesus, our Lord. 
In voices so clear 
They cried, "Help us here, 
Jesus, our Lord; 
Jesus, our Lord." 
The men were blest 
As He sat to rest, 
Jesus, our Lord; 
Jesus, our Lord. 
He heard their sad cries 
And He touched their eyes: 
Jesus, our Lord; 
Jesus, our Lord. 
By faith they were healed 
Before Him they kneeled, 
Jesus, our Lord; 
Jesus, our Lord. 
Oh, trust Him today. 
Have great faith and say 
"Jesus, my Lord; 
Jesus, my Lord." 
Prayer: 

Thank You, Heavenly Father, that Jesus hears me 
when I pray. Help me to believe the teachings of the 
Bible and to let Jesus be my Lord and Savior. In His 
name I pray. Amen. 



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Spiritual Meditations 

Dyoll Belote 



TWO TESTS FOR DISCIPLESHIP 

"Whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after 
me, cannot be my disciple." Luke 14:27. 

■QST EARTHLY ORGANIZATIONS have require- 
ments for acceptance into membership in the 
group. Why shall not the Christian religion have the 
right to lay down conditions? Two things are required 
of him who would be a follower of the Lord Jesus 
Christ, and be accepted into relationship in His king- 
dom. And these requirements are not flimsy, mean- 
ingless conditions, but they are the hardest that 
even any leader could ask from his followers. And 
these two requirements constitute the greatest chal- 



M' 



lenge ever put before any man at any time. This is 
the challenge: Bear one's ci'oss, and folloio Him. 

The Lord asks us to walk with Him in the "nar- 
row road," the upward road — in the road of the daily 
cross. The road of the cross may be steep, and rough, 
and there may be lions in the way, but, "The Way 
of the Cross Leads Home." Jesus walked that way 
alone, and He became the Saviour of the world. And 
many brave souls have walked that way and have 
become the light of the world and the salt of the earth. 

Christ's way of life is most appealing and most re- 
warding. He will not remove the obstacles in the 
way, not yet lower the requirements for membership 
in His Kingdom, but He will give strength for the 
climb, and the lions are all chained, and He will give 
strength to endure. And if we accept the conditions 
and fulfill the requirements, we shall be rewarded 
both in this life and in the life to come. Our Heav- 
enly Father will forgive and cleanse us, and set us 
each in the place in life which He wishes us to fill. 
"Take thy cross, and follow, follow Me." 



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Views 

and 

Comments 



Floyd S. Benshoff 



in review, a 



nd 



A HAPPY NEW YEAR 



MANY OF THE EVENTS of the year that 
is just past are not particularly palatable 
to men of good will. This applies in our national 
life as well as our church life. Another year 
has gone into history. A president was assas- 
sinated, our land has been torn by racial strife, 
arrogant labor, arrogant management, yes, even 
arrogant government has marred our nation's 
image. Injustices are numberless. It's been dif- 
ficult to try to digest the rush of its history- 
making events, and we are far from ready to 
absorb any more new jolts. There are so many 
broken resolves, so many things that cry out for 
confessing, so many compromises that just won't 
look too good in future history writing. 

There is so much ungiven that should have 
been given ... of time, of energy, of sacrifice, 
of loyalty, of resources. Our zeal has ebbed badly 
at times, to pitiful lows. We have permitted many 
secondary things to come before primary pur- 
suits. Ours has, too often, been the path of least 
resistance, a course of expediency rather than 
of principle. We have not stood as we should 
have when the "chips were down." We have not 
acquired our just quota of scars for the cause 
of Christ. Ours has, many times, been a religion 
of convenience. For shame. 

But ,we have crossed the threshold of the new 
year into 1964. Contemplating our mediocre per- 
formance of yesteryear can be a melancholy 
pastime. Away with it. 

The new year is scheduled to offer its full 
share of exciting, interesting events. A new presi- 
dent is to be nominated and elected by the Amer- 



ican people. Space is to be further explored and 
a man on the moon in a reasonable length of time 
is possible, according to many in the scientific 
know. And, if the Lord delays His coming, it 
will oflfer its many, many opportunities for those 
who will, to serve the King of Kings. 

The thing that bothers me most as I look to 
1964, is the question as to when the Brethren 
are going to start taking their religion seriously. 
The expression "playing at church" has been 
coined in recent years, and, somewhat, conveys 
the thought I'm trying to set down on this page. 

This quest for the perfect church is as old 
as the church itself. The apostle Paul wrote of 
imperfections in the churches he founded. He 
even cited "spots" in their feast of love. The I. 
D. Bowmans, the Wm. Beachlers, the Charles 
Barnes, the Claude Studebakers, the Willis Ronks, 
the Victor Leathermans, just to name a few of 
those we have listened to, loved and lost awhile, 
saw the flaws in their day and were courageous 
enough to speak out against them. May we have 
as much of fortitude and integrity as they. 

Brother laymen, while we have the right to 
expect leadership of our pastors, they, too, by all 
the rules of the game, have an equal right to 
expect a full measure of consistency of service 
from us. In and out, willy-nilly, on again-off again 
attention to the church and its cause by the laity, 
has broken many a pastor's spirit. 

As we face the new year, let us do it with an 
eye to increasing our zeal in His service, our ef- 
ficiency in the church, our faithfulness and loy- 
alty to Him, and our unity in the Spirit; all for 
the one purpose: to let men everywhere know 



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that "Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Liv- 
ing God." 

HAIL TO THE INFANT YEAR 
Hail to the year, the infant year. 
With all its golden tomorrows; 
Untouched and untried, unknown from our side. 
Is it laughter, or will it bring sorrows? 

Hail to the year, the infant year. 

We wish we could see what 'twould bring us ; 

But search as we may, 'tis only today, 

God gives us; the rest is mysterious. 

So, hail to the year, the infant year. 
With all its golden tomorrows; 
Daily doing our best, then leaving the rest. 
To God and His gracious love o'er us. 

E. M. Koglin 

The Parson's Corner 

Rev. Albert T. Ronk 

BROTHERLY LOVE — SAINT TO SAINT 

THERE IS MUCH being said today about the broth- 
erhood of man. Yet there is no such thing as 
a universal brotherhood. The only biblical brotherhood 
is between the sons of God in the household of faith. 
"One is your master and all ye are brethren." The 
sum total of all the brethren is The Brotherhood, 
and that does not mean a denominational circle of 
believers. Peter admonishes us to "Love the brother- 
hood" (I Pet. 2:17), and, "In unfeigned love of the 
brethren, love one another from the heart fervently." 
Paul voices the same sentiment when he wrote, "In 
the love of the brethren be tenderly affectioned one 
to another" (Rom. 12:10). 

Now, laymen, let us level with each other. Is our 
ethical conduct a demonstration of the principles 
set forth in the above scriptures? These are only a 
sample few. 

What about the feelings that we display on our 
sleeve? Or that chip on the shoulder we constantly 
dare others to knock off? Of course we all know, or 
should know, that we just dare someone to tip the 
chip, then give us the beating we subconsciously 
know we deserve. It is evidence that we do not love 
ourselves with the agape referred to in the last par- 
son's chit chat. And how can we tainted saints, with 
conscience driving us sour, properly love other saints 
when we have every reason to hate ourselves. 

You do not like the word SAINT? No? Paul did. He 
loved the saints of God. He saluted them in his ev- 
ery letter. Too long we have thought of saints as 
only the absolutely perfect. None are perfect, no 
not one. Listen to what Paul said to the Ephesians, 
"And he gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; 
and some, evangelists; and some pastors and teachers; 
for the perfecting of the saints, unto the work of min- 



istering, unto the building up of the body of Christ: 
till we all attain unto the unity of the faith, and of the 
knowledge of the Son of God, unto a full grown man, 
unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of 
Christ." When we are in the faith, we are children 
of God. We may be unlikely brats, spoiled by the world, 
the flesh and the Devil, but when we are adopted into 
the family of God through the mercies of Jesus Christ, 
we are of the saints. 

I wonder what Paul would find if he came to visit 
our congregation today. He had estabUshed the church 
at Corinth. In his absence, unsaintly conduct and 
ill treatment of one another had risen. He planned to 
visit them again. In writing his second Epistle to 
them, he was deeply concerned. Listen to Paul's fears 
for Corinth. "For I fear, lest by any means, when 
I come, I should find you not such as I would, and 
should myself be found of you such as ye would not; 
lest by any means there should be strife, jealousy, 
wraths, factions, backbitings, swellings, tumults;" 
Again we ask, what would he find if he came to our 
church today? 

And what would Jesus find, and say about it, if 
He came in visible form today? Although He sits at 
the right hand of the Father as our Advocate, He is 
here in the person of the Holy Spirit and sees and 
knows and is saddened by what He sees. "A new 
commandment I give unto you, t hat ye love one 
another," said He, and He inspired Paul to write 
(Gal. 5:15), "But if ye bite and devour one another, 
take heed that ye be not consumed one of another." 
There is warning sufficient. Will we heed? (In the 
next issue, we will consider some cases of supposing.) 

Albert Ronk 




Dates: February 2-— March 8, 1964 

Theme: "Training for Visitation 
Evangelism" 

Sponsored by THE NATIONAL 

BRETHREN MINISTERIAL 
ASSOCIATION 
Committee: Rev. Charles C. Bader 
Rev. J. G. Dodds 
Rev. Jerald D. Radcliff 



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es 



Great vision coupled with sacrifice, prayer and hard work 
resulted in the birth of more churches in the last decade than ex- 
perienced for many years in the Brethren Church. The develop- 
ment and growth of these infant churches that have been assisted 
by the TEN DOLLAR CLUB is of prayerful concern and keen in- 
terest for each Brethren. Therefore, we are presenting the first 
in a series of articles to acquaint the Brethren with the fine be- 
ginnings that should bear much fruit in the years to come. 



First in a series 




TEN DOLLAR CLUB 



THE NEW MISSION CHURCH 
at MASSILLON. OHIO 

Reverend J. G. Dodds 



nPHE CHURCH HAD its beginning on November 
1 21, 1959, when a group of ministers from nearby 
Brethren Churches met at the home of William and 
Laura Bowers, 1040 Oakwood Avenue in Massillon, 
Ohio, to discuss the possibilities of a Brethren Church 
in Massillon. A proposed site was viewed and approved 
for recommendation to the Ohio District Conference. 

A community canvass was conducted on December 
6, 1959, with Reverend William Fells, then pastor of 
Garber Memorial Brethren Church in Ashland, as 
the leader. Then on January 22, 1960, a second meet- 
ing of the area ministers assembled at the William 
Bowers' residence for further planning. On April 
29, 1960, Reverend W. Clayton Berkshire, then Presi- 
dent of the District Mission Board and General Sec- 
retary of the National Missionary Board, met with the 
Brethren at Massillon to organize the plans into 
a program for beginning of the church. 

Lots were purchased June 27, 1960, for $6,800 and 



a sign board proclaiming "FUTURE SITE OF THE 
BRETHREN CHURCH" was erected. Lots with a house, 
adjoining the lots previously purchased, were bought 
on November 7, 1960, for $15,500. The Ohio District 
Mission Board having loaned the $6,800 to purchase 
the lots, now loaned an additional $4,000 and a sum 
of $11,500 was borrowed from a loan association. Sev- 
eral Brethren churches and various individuals made 
sizeable contributions and the TEN DOLLAR CLUB 
provided $9,600. This new mission church was now 
an assured fact. 

The day following its purchase, November 8, the 
first prayer meeting was held in the house. Four 
weks later, on December 4, the first Sunday Service 
was held in the house with Reverend W. Clayton 
Berkshire doing the preaching and each Sunday there- 
after until February 19, 1961. The present pastor, 
Reverend J. G. Dodds, became the first full-time pas- 
tor on October 1, 1962. During the interim from Feb- 
ruary 19, 1961, to October 1, 1962, various ministers 



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and laymen did the preaching or served the church. 
Among the Brethren were: Dale Long, Dick Godwin, 
Robert Keplinger (pastor of Canton Brethren Church) , 
John Brownsberger, Robert Byler (missionary on fur- 
lough from Argentina) , Reverend David Rambsel, Rev- 
erend M. W. Dodds, and Paul Steiner. Men from 
other denominations were: Reverend DeMass, Paul 
Heuter, Joe Smith, Reverend Petry, and Reverend 
Masters. Lay men and women also assisted in the 
work in the Sunday School, thus rendering a very 
valuable service. Since October 1, 1962, thirteen have 
been added to the church membership, making the 
present membership roll stand at thirty-four. (Eight 
were received by baptism, three by letter and two by 
relation.) 

The Lord is blessing the work in Massillon. Each 
month, the average attendance has been showing an 
increase over the corresponding month of the pre- 
vious year. The Building Fund, which was started 
about October 1, 1962, is now in an amount in ex- 
cess of $1,800. This amount includes gifts from other 
churches and individuals of other churches for which 
we thank them for manifesting such interest in the 



Lord's great program in Kingdom extension. During 
the past year, seventeen people received Leadership 
Training Certificates; indebtedness to the bank has 
been liquidated; the prospect continues to grow 
through faithful visitation work done by many of 
our loyal members; and, depending upon the Building 
Fund increase, we are plannig to begin erection of 
the first unit of the church edifice early in 1964. 

We have not yet made any special appeal for money, 
nevertheless, gifts have come in ranging from one 
dollar to $350. We thank you and pray for the bless- 
ing of God upon you. Yes, we need funds with which 
to build, and above all, we need the prayers of the 
entire brotherhood. For those who send gifts, we 
request that your prayers accompany the gift. 

Any Brethren passing through Massillon are cor- 
dially invited to come to 3955 Wales Avenue (north 
of Massillon on Route 241). We invite all Brethren 
to come to any of our services. Sunday School at 
9:30; Divine Worship, 10:30; Evening Worship at 
7:30; and Midweek Service on Tuesday at 7:30 P.M. 

As pastor of this little flock, I have visions of a great 
work for the Lord in Massillon Ohio. 



CORRECT ADDRESS 
FOR BISCHOFS 

Please note that a portion of Bob and Bea's 
address was omitted in the listing of Brethren 
Missionaries' addresses in the Annual. It should 
be: 

Reverend and Mrs. Robert Bischof 
C. B. M. Mbororo 
Madagali P. A. via Mubi 
Northern Region, Nigeria 
West Africa 

Your Annual should be corrected accordingly. 



ATTENTION, 
TEN DOLLAR CLUB MEMBERS! 



The current 
Call, due Jan- 
uary 1, is for 
the newly or- 
ganized church 
at WABASH, 
INDIANA. 
Send your 
contribution ($10.00 or more) to the Missionary 
Board of the Brethren Church, 530 College 
Avenue, Ashland, Ohio . . . marked "Wabash." 




TEN DOLLAR CLUB MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION 

I promise to assist in the building of new Brethren churches 
by giving $10.00 (or more) for each new church project. It is 
my understanding that I will be called upon for this contribution 
not more than twice in any one year. I further understand that 
if I am unable to contribute when called, I will be relieved of my 
obligation. My contribution accompanies this application for the 
current Ten Dollar Club Call. 

Name Date 



Address 



Church 



(Clip out and mail to Missionary Board, 530 College Avenue, Ash- 
land, Ohio) 



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i Outftooilz/ 



Your National President Speaks . . . 



MRS. RUSSELL RODKEY 



THE NEW YEAR 



WHEN YOU READ this article, a new 1964 calen- 
dar will be hanging in each of your homes. 
As I write this, I am still looking at the December, 
1963, calendar and it is large enough that I can see 
at a glance the appointments, meetings and obliga- 
tions for each day of the month. This thought came 
to me: As we fill in the blank spaces on our new Jan- 
uary calendar, will the services of the church have 
first preference? Or, will the days and evenings be 
filled with various "things," leaving very little time 
for the work of the Lord? 

I must confess that I do not know whether I be- 
lieve in New Year's resolutions or not, but I certainly 
feel that all of us should resolve to be more faith- 
ful to the meetings of our church. When there is 
a conflict, WHY should the W. M. S._ prayer meeting, 
choir practice, etc., be the ones that are neglected? 
So, in this New Year, let us FIRST write on our cal- 
endar, the meetings concerning the church and then 
add the other activities. 

January is the month to pay dues. This makes me 
think of a question that so many of you have asked 
me: "What must we do with those members who 
do not pay their dues? How can we inform them that 
as long as their name is on our membership roll, 
that our society must send in their dues?" Some- 
times this makes a financial hardship on a local so- 
ciety. And it does take the joy out of being a local 
treasurer. 

I want to share a poem with you that I gleaned 
from The Brethren Evangelist^ April 10, 1935. I hope 
all W. M. S. members will have an opportunity to read 
it. It is entitled "On Being A Treasurer" by Edna V. 
Hughes. 

Have you ever been a treasurer and been troubled 
with the blues 

Just before the time approaches for collecting yearly 
dues? 

Has your heart e'er quailed within you? Have you 
trembled through and through. 

When you very sweetly ventured, "Your mission mon- 
ey's due"? 

Has the lady ever viewed you with a look both mild 
and meek, 



Saying, "I forgot to bring it, but I'll surely pay next 

week"? 
And when next week came 'round, you were once more 

put to rout. 
When you walked five miles to see her — and found the 

lady out! 
Have you ever asked for money and received an in- 
jured look? 
With, "I'll pay this time, but then remove my name 

from off the book." 
Have you ever tried collecting for a cause both great 

and true. 
When the dues were paid unwillingly as a favor just 

to you? 
Have you ever made collections from people slow 

to pay: 
Or have you met a lady and these words heard her 

say: 
"Yes, indeed, my money's ready now, and you may 

have it all; 
I've had it waiting for you whenever you should call." 
Have you ever had a member before the sum was due, 
Not wait for you to come around, but pay her dues 

to you? 
If you think the cause is worthy, your duty you'll 

not shirk. 
But to get the money promised, you'll work and work 

and work. 
And now, missionary women, here's the word that's 

meant for you — 
Please try to pay your money whene'er your dues 

are due. 
And to you, hard-working treasurer, be not discour- 
aged quite; 
Keeping on forever and it brings everything out right. 
And, faithful, toiling treasurer, when your spirits 

plunge way down. 
Remember, for your efforts, there'll be stars within 

your crown! 

Let us, in this New Year, help to lessen the burden 
of our treasurers by paying our dues on time. 

Remember your "Thank Offering." I'm suggesting 
a penny-a-day. Place your Project Box in a conspic- 
uous spot where you will be frequently reminded to 
give to the building fund of the Brethren's Home. 



January i, 1964 



Page Seventeen 





BIBLE READING GOAL 






Dear Girls, 

Here we are at the beginning 
of a new year, so let's get a fresh, 
new start on our goals. Through 
the years, the goal most often 
missed is the Bible Reading and 
Memorization Goal. Last year was 
an exception, but this goal came 
in second as the one most often 
missed. This vital part of every 
Christian life should not be in 
last place. 

Again this year, we have not 
designated any special reading as- 
signment because we want you girls 
to form the habit of having regular 
daily devotions. Each girl will have 
to set up her own time, but I liked 
the saying in our program book- 
lets for December: "Seek God in 
the morning — the time to tune your 
instrument is before the concert!" 
I think a devotional guide is help- 
ful to young girls to give direction 
to their study. The Brethren Evan- 
gelist has daily devotions in it ev- 
ery week that would be good to 



use. I use Moody Manna from the 
Moody Bible Institute and I im- 
agine many of you have The Up- 
per Room in your home already. 
If you can form now the habit 
of daily communion with God, your 
spiritual growth will keep up with 
your physical growth. 

Last year, you were required to 
memorize the books of the Old 
Testament so you probably weren't 
too surprised to find out that this 
year it is the New Testament. 
These books are more familiar to 
us so it shouldn't be so bad. Again, 
there are choruses that have these 
books set to music. I learned these 
books over ten years ago and I'ni 
so glad someone made me for it's 
very embarrassing to call yourself 
a Christian and then not be able 
to find your way around in the 
Christian's Guide. 

The Seniors have to work a little 
harder and memorize the first six- 
teen verses of Ephesians 5. Rev. 
Jerry Flora began an explanation 
of these verses in his Bible Study 
last month and I would advise you 
to read that before you attempt 
to memorize these verses. They are 
very powerful verses about a be- 
liever's walk and they should be 
understood before they become 
mere words to you. 

Let's show our love for God by 
being sincerely interested in study- 
ing His Word and communing with 
Him. 



The Ohio District Sunday Scliool Board 

is sponsoring the second . . . 

State-wide SUNDAY SCHOOL 
WORKSHOP 

Saturday - February 22, 1964 

Place: Asbury Methodist Church 

(Lincoln at Franklin) 
DELAWARE, OHIO 

Contact your pastor for details 



The Gretna 

Sisterhood 

Writes 




Hi Everybody, 

Here is a picture of the Sister- 
hood of Mary and Martha at the 
Gretna Brethren Church. At this 
meeting we elected our officers for 
1963-1964: 

President — Phyllis McPherson 
Vice President — Ruth Deardruff 
Secretary — Jean McPherson 
Corresponding Secretary — 

Phyllis Brenner 
Treasurer — Bonnie Wisecup 
Jr. Patroness — Bertha Detrick 
Sr. Patroness — Nettie Hudson 

After our devotional meeting, we 
had a slumber party at the home 
of Bertha Detrick. 

For our September meeting, we 
had our kick-off party. At this 
meeting we had a contest between 
the juniors and the seniors, having 
the losers give the winners, the 
group with the most present, a 
party. The seniors are sorry to say 
they owe the juniors a party. Some 
of the games we played were break- 
ing balloons while tied around the 
legs of two people, a Bible quiz, 
having teams gain points on dif- 
ferent team, games, and others 
which kept a lot of excitement in 
the air. 

Our mothers met with us several 
evenings to help us roll bandages. 
We sold greeting cards and circu- 
lated a patch apron to raise our 
National Project Fund. 

Well, bye for now. 

Corresponding Secretary, 
Phyllis Brenner 



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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA BRETHREN CONFERENCE 

MANTECA BRETHREN CHURCH, Manteca. California 
JANUARY 16-19, 1964 

Theme: "Supplying Our Needs" 
Text: Phlllppians 4:19 



2:00 



2:30 



5:30 

7:00 
7:15 

7:30 



Thursday Afternoon — January 16, 1964 

Opening of Conference 

Devotions and Welcome Alvin Mathews, 

Manteca 
Response of Delegates 
Business Session 

Report of Credentials Committee 
Reading of Conference Board Minutes 
Progress Reports of the Local Churches 

Lathrop Tesibel Frey 

Manteca Estelle Huse 

Stockton Harlin Lawrence 

General Brotherhood Reports 

Ashland College Howard Crom 

Central Council John W. Porte 

Sunday School Board . .Rev. Robert Madoski 
Supper 

Thursday Evening — January 16 

Prayer Meeting Rev. Cecil H. Johnson 

Song Service 

Devotions Walter Hobgood, Stockton 

Business Session 
Report of Credentials Committee 
Substitution of Alternates 
Election of Conference Board of Directors 
Election to Mission Board 
Election to Berean Trustees Board 
Election to Scholarship Board 
Nomination for Ashland College Trustee 
Election of Ministerial Examining Board 
Election of Member to Annual Conference Ex- 
ecutive Committee 
Election of District Delegate to General Con- 
ference 
8:30 Moderator's Address ....Rev. Alvin Grumbling 
"Step by Step" 
Friday Afternoon — January 17 
2:00 District Woman's Missionary Society 
3:00 District Ministerial Association 
4:00 Laymen's Presentation 
5:30 Supper 

Friday Evening — January 17 

7:15 Prayer Meeting Rev. Alvin Grumbling 

7:30 Song Service 

Devotions Dorothy Cragg, Lathrop 

8:00 Vice Moderator's Address Wesley Steyer 

8:45 Fellowship Hour Hazel Crom 

Saturday Morning — January 18 
10:00 Song Service 

Devotions Donald Huse, Manteca 

10:15 Business Session 

Report of Credentials Committee 
Substitution of Alternates 
Reading of Thursday's Minutes 
Report of Conference Treasurer 



Report of District Mission Board 
Other Business 

11 : 30 Message John W. Porte 

12:15 Dinner 

Saturday Afternoon — January 18 
2:00 Song Service 

Devotions Mary Payne, Stockton 

2:15 Business Session 

Report of Credentials Committee 
Substitution of Alternates 
Reading of Saturday Morning's Minutes 
Statistician's Report 
Berean Trustees' Report 

Report of Resolutions Committee i 

Invitation for 1965 District Conference 
Unfinished Business 
Adjournment of Business Session 
3:30 Brethren Berean Band Business Session 

Marlin Garber, President 
5:30 Supper 

Saturday Evening — January 18 

7:15 Prayer Meeting Rev. Milton Robinson 

7:30 Berean Inspirational Hour 
8 : 45 Singspiration 

Sunday Morning — January 19 
9:45 Sunday School in Local Churches 
11:00 Worship Services in Local Churches 

John Porte speaking in Manteca 
12:30 Potluck Dinner 

Sunday Afternoon — January 19 
2:30 Brethren Youth Program 
5:30 Supper 

Sunday Evening — January 19 
6:30 Brethren Youth Crusaders 

Local youth in charge 
7:30 Song Service 

Devotions Ralph Kullman, Lathrop 

Installation of New Conference Board of Di- 
rectors 

8:00 Message John W. Porte 

Closing of Conference 



CONFERENCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS 



Moderator 
Vice Moderator 
Secretary 
Treasurer 
Statistician 



Rev. Alvin Grumbling 

Wesley Steyer 

Rev. H. William Fells 

Rev. Robert Madoski 

Hazel Crom 



Harlin Lawrence, Ralph Kullman 
Julion Hallett 



January 4, 1964 



Page Nineteen 



GIVING THANKS 

by Rev. Phil Lersch 



(This is an adaptation of a sermon delivered in the 
First Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio, on November 
24, 1963, the Sunday after the assassi7iati07i of Presi- 
dent John F. Kennedy.) 



PRESIDENT KENNEDY'S death has shocked and 
grieved our nation. But even amidst this tragedy 
of our President's murder, there are many causes for 
thanks. One must be careful on a day such as this in 
speaking about thankfulness, for he might be misunder- 
stood. He might give the impression that he is happy 
over such an event. No joyful note sounds in the event 
itself. But we can be thankful and should see some 
good because John F. Kennedy is now in complete com- 
munion with God and His Son, Jesus Christ. This knowl- 
edge, and many more insights, cause me to be thankful. 
I want to share these thoughts with you. 

I AM THANKFUL... that, if the assassina- 
tion had to be a reality, it happened at this season of 
Thanksgiving. To count our blessings, rather than dwell 
upon our tragedy, can help us. Robert S. Peterson has 
written, "While the ungrateful person is complaining 
about all of his misfortunes and disappointments, the 
child of God, who thinks upon the blessings of God, is 
seeking opportunities to express his thanksgiving to 
his Heavenly Father." This thought directly relates to 
our situation. Focusing our attention on our blessings 
and expressing our thanks to God will be good for us 
and rewards will follow. 

I AM THANKFUL... that we have Some- 
one to whom we can go for help in these times. I am 
not sure how Mrs. Madalyn Murray, or anyone who 
thinks as she does, would feel. To whom does a person 
like this go for help — spiritual help and strength? To 
whom does a person like this go who feels a heart yearn- 
ing for those of the immediate family of the President 
who mourn? To whom does an atheist go in times of 
utter helplessness? Our God is not far off; we can know 
Him personally through Jesus Christ; His Word reveals 
His Person and His work unto us; we have Someone 
to whom we can go. His love, compassion and everlast- 
ing arms sustain us. Christ's words, "Lo, I am with 
you alway" gain significance on this day. 

I AM T H A N K F U L . . . f or the way God an- 
swers prayer. Everyone who has prayed these last two 
days has received something. Those who have enjoyed 
communion with God in the past have undoubtedly re- 
ceived much more than those who are only casual ac- 
quaintances of His. This message from the book of Ro- 
mans offers assurance: "All things work together for 
good to them that love God." In the book of Revela- 
tion 14:13, we find additional comfort: "Blessed are 
the dead that die in the Lord, that they may rest from 
their labors ..."' Our President's death has reminded 
us of God's eternal blessings. 

I AM THANKFUL... that people are feel- 
ing helpless in themselves and are expressing that help- 
lessness openly. The press and reporters on television 
and radio have referred frequently to expressions of 
mankind's helplessness in himself. Our sense of security 
in human leadership has been shaken. Although we have 
no misgivings about the future of our nation and our 
new administration, we have seen that our trust and 
faith needs to be in God. People's helplessness in them- 



selves calls them to God and exposes eternal matters. 
The Kennedys are millionaires. John Kennedy held the 
highest position in our land. But their wealth and posi- 
tion are not bringing them comfort now. God is. The 
fellowship of prayer, the message of the Christian faith, 
the message of hope — these strengthen and encourage 
'Mrs. Kennedy and other family members. Isaiah, the 
prophet, wrote (40:6-8), "All flesh is grass, and all the 
goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: The grass 
withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the 
Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. The 
grass withereth, the flower fadeth: But the word of 
our God shall stand forever." President Johnson, shortly 
after he took office, implored us to "bow in submission 
to Almighty God," as we assemble for worship. Let 
the effects of this tragedy strike the keynote in the days 
ahead: not the spirit of mourning and grief, but this 
dependence upon God to lead us. 

I AM T H A N K F U L . . . f or the mention of 
God by inany men: congressmen, reporters, other of- 
ficials. Former President Eisenhower reports from a 
U. N. meeting that silent prayer was the order of busi- 
ness at the time of President Kennedy's death. This 
would not happen in the Kremlin. References to "God 
help us" and "God be our strength" are unique in the 
realm of Christianity. The frequent mention of Almighty 
God in news reports may speak to those who want to 
erase the Word of God and the name of God out of the 
textbooks and e.xclude prayers in schools and other pub- 
lic places. The natural turning to God in the last few 
days is encouraging. 

I AM THANKFUL... for our democracy, 
the republic of the United States. The transition of 
leadership was automatic. Our new President stepped 
up to his position without any struggle or confusion. 
In other parts of the world, the change could have trig- 
ered cliaos. Many stores and businesses will be closed 
tomorrow. No edict or dictator's command decided this, 
but the people themselves wish to manifest recognition 
and respect. I am thankful for the country in which we 
live and for our democratic way of life. 

I AM T H A N K F U L . . . for the good music 
broadcast to us these last few days. Radio and television 
helped heal our wounds and comfort our grief by offer- 
ing good music. Men who have used their talents to 
glorify God by composing great music can now minister 
to our needs. 

I AM THANKFUL... that the assassina- 
tion did not have racial implications. Providing equal 
rights for all men could have been impeded if the mur- 
derer had belonged to a minority race. I am simply thank- 
ful this did not stir up more violence. 

I AM THANKFUL . . . for the lesson that 
one man or one deed in a man's life can ruin unnumbered 
good acts. Today we are not impressed with the thou- 
sands of people who cheered President Kennedy's motor- 
cade. The sinfulness of one man has blotted out the 
well-wishers in our minds. Our lives reflect this truth. 
One sin creates the need of a Savior, because we be- 



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come estranged from God. One person in a group, even 
in a chiurch, can spoil the positive witness of tlie church 
to outsiders. The evil deeds, the wrongs of only one can 
cancel the good deeds of others. 

I AM T H A N K F U L . . . for the opportunity 
to practice forgiveness. Have we sought to forgive 
Lee Oswald, assuming liis guilt? Have we individually 
sought to forgive him? He ought to punished, yes, but 
let not the bitterness, that arises naturally, mount with- 
in us. We can put our faith to work and practice the 
message of forgiveness. Though many miles separate us 
from Mr. Oswald, let us pray for his forgiveness. 

I AM T H A N K F U L . . . f or the reminder of 
the quickness and finality of death. May it make all 
of us think of the time when our lives will end or Jesus 
Christ will come. Are we completely prepared to meet 
God? Some of us in this room may have no more no- 
tice than President Kennedy. May this tragedy help us 
redesign our lives and increase our faith. 

I AM THANKFUL . . . for the good news 
of Jesus Christ. John 11:25, 26 reads, "I am the resur- 
rection and the life; he that believeth in me shall never 
die." Here the Scriptures comfort and assure us with 
a lively hope. I am thankful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

I AM THANKFUL . . . that we can help 
those who mourn. We can pray. To want to help some- 
one and not be able to, either because one is unprepared, 
unequipped or separated, brings frustration. But now 



we can do something for Mrs. Kennedy and the other 
family members. We can also help in the future direc- 
tion of our country and of the world. We can pray for 
those who lead. 

These are some of the many things for which I am 
thankful, in the season of Thanksgiving, even in the 
midst of the tragedy that has gripped the world. The 
hymn writer sums it up in this, our closing hymn: 

"I look to Thee in every need. 

And never look in vain; 

I feel Thy strong and tender love. 

And all is well again: 

The thought of Thee is mightier far 

Than sin and pain and sorrow are. 

Thy calmness bends serene above. 

My restlessness to still; 

Around me flows Thy quickening life, 

To nerve my faltering will. 

Thy presence fills my solitude; 

Thy providence turns all to good. 

Embosomed deep in Thy dear love. 

Held in Thy law, I stand; 

Thy hand in all things I behold. 

And all things in Thy hand. 

Thou leadest me by unsought ways. 

And turn'st my mourning into praise." 

— Samuel Longfellow 



Daily 



Devotions 



General Theme for the Year: "APPROVED UNTO GOD" 
Theme for January — "IN OUR STUDY OF HIS WORD" 



Writer for January — 
January 8th through 14th — 

Wednesday, January 8, 1964 

Read Scripture: Romans 10:1-11 

God, through the prophets, seems 
almost to descend to earth in per- 
son to reason His case with those 
who find fault with His plan of 
salvation. He says to come and let 
us present the facts about His 
plan, and see if it is reasonable 
(Isaiah 1:18). 

Let us consider for a moment 
what God offers. He freely offers 
full pardon and release from sin 
to all who will repent and receive 
it. Pardon from the penalty of sin, 
for us who justly deserve to suffer 
the full penalty. Release from the 
power of sin, so that sin need no 
longer have control over our lives. 



Mr. WUlard Slabaugh 
"Study to Receive Cleansing" 

Surely, this is a reasonable kind 
of argeement offered to us by God: 
salvation by faith through Christ 
Jesus. 

The Day's Thought 
Christianity is a reasonable re- 
ligion. 

Thursday, January 9, 1964 

Read Scripture: Matthew 24:42-51 
Jesus was a master teacher and 
He here demonstrates that great 
ability. Several Galileans had suf- 
fered a violent death at the hand 
of Pontius Pilate as they were pre- 
paring to make their sacrifice to 
God at the temple. A number of 
the people came to Jesus to report 
the news. This was a terrible thing 



to have happened at the very house 
of God. (Luke 13:1-5). 

Jesus took this incident and made 
an object lesson of it. "Except ye 
repent, ye shall likewise perish," 
He said. 

We can see object lessons such 
as this all about us. Many people 
meet violent and untimely death 
in the world today. We should be 
reminded that only through re- 
pentance and rebirth are we as- 
sured of a life that is eternal with 
God. 

The Day's Thought 

Jesus said: "The son of man com- 
eth at an hour ivhen ye think not." 

Friday, January 10, 1964 

Read Scripture: Romans 8:22-31 

In Romans 12: 1_ the apostle 
points out the importance of com- 
plete surrender to Christ. Chris- 
tianity is not a half way measure; 
it will take all of ourselves, our 
natural selves as well as our spir- 
itual selves. 

Conversion will include a change 
of the quality of the mind. The 
mind is the acting, ruling part of 
us, therefore, renewing of the mind 
is the renewing of the whole man. 
The progress of sanctification, dy- 
ing a little more to sin each day, 
and living for God a little more 



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each day, is the carrying out of 
this work of renewing within our 
natural bodies in our daily lives. 
This will be good, and acceptable 
with God, because it will be ac- 
cording to His intended purpose 
for our lives as Christian people. 
The Day's Thought 
God's will is always best for our 
lives. 

Saturday, January 11, 1964 

Read Scripture: Psalm 78:1-7 

We find in Psalm 119:9, a very 
noble question: "Wherewithal shall 
a young man cleanse his way?" 
This question is asked by many 
educators and those working with 
young people today. The question 
implies that young people need to 
be cleansed. 

The first step in cleansing is al- 
ways for one to recognize his need 
for cleansing; nothing can be done 
before this. God's Word tells us 
this is the work of the Holy Spirit 
to convict or convince men of their 
sins and their need for cleansin^j. 

The psalmist then gives the an- 
swer by taking heed according to 
God's Word. Young people, as well 
as all people, should acquaint them- 
selves with God's Word by daily 
Bible reading. In this way, we be- 
come familiar with God's will for 
our lives. 

The Day's Thought 

God's Word is a true guide for 
the lives of all His people. 

Sunday, January 12, 1964 

Read Scripture: Acts 2:32-38 



In the fifth chapter of II Kings, 
we find the story of Naaman. He 
was a very rich and powerful man, 
yet he suffered from the terrible 
disease of leprosy. He had gone to 
the prophet of God to inquire as 
to how he might receive healing. 
The prophet had told him to go 
and dip himself seven times in the 
River Jordan and he would be 
cleansed. 

This seemed like a rather foolish 
thing to do, and at first, he had 
decided against trying it. Then 
he reconsidered and did as the 
prophet had said, and he was com- 
pletely cleansed. 

So it is with us, as we come 
to God's Word to find instruction 
for spiritual cleansing, we may not 
at first completely understand all 
about God's plan, but we, as Na- 
aman, are cleansed as we, by faith, 
follow the simple instruction given. 

The Day's Thought 

We can go to the pool of God's 
Word and dip each day for our 
cleansing. 

Monday, January 13, 1964 

Read Scripture: Psalm 51:1-10 

The Scripture tells us that sin 
is a transgression of the law of 
God, but if we confess our sins, 
He is faithful and just to for- 
give us. In this way, the sentence 
of the law is removed and we are 
pardoned. 

Billy Graham once said, "The 
people of today are suffering under 
a load of guilt and remorse that 



makes daily living almost a night- 
mare. Surely Jesus must have been 
thinking of these very people when 
He said, 'Come unto me all ye who 
are iveary and heavy laden and I 
will give you rest.' " 

Christ and His righteousness be- 
come the covering for our sins 
when we confess our sins and ac- 
cept Him as our Lord and Saviour. 
The Day's Thought 

Complete joy and peace can be 
found only in Christ Jesus. 

Tuesday, January 14, 1964 

Read Scripture: Jeremiah 31:29-34 

Here we have a part of a proph- 
esy taken from the book of Jere- 
miah. The prophet tells the peo- 
ple of Judah that the time would 
come when God would make a new 
covenant with His people. That He 
would pour out His spirit upon 
His people, so as to give them 
power to obey His Word; that He 
would write His Word in their 
hearts, so as to make His Word 
and will easy for them to follow; 
and He would remember their sins 
and iniquity no more. 

In Christ's death, resurrection 
and ascension into heaven, in His 
sending the Holy Spirit as a guide 
and comforter for His people, we 
have seen this prophesy fulfilled. 

We, today, as followers of Christ, 
become a part of this new covenant. 
The Day's Thought 

"As far as the east is from the 
west, so far hath he removed our 
transgressions from us" (Psalm 
103:12). 



World Religious News 

in Review 



POWER BOOST FOB WMBI 

CHICAGO, ILL. (EP) — The Federal 
Communications Commission has 
granted Moody Bible Institute per- 
mission to increase the power of 
its FM station here from 44,000 
watts to 50,000 watts. WMBI-FM 
began broadcasting with the in- 
creased power on September 14. 

According to Willis E. Mayfield, 
manager of the radio division of 
Moody Bible Institute, the increase 
means better reception of the sta- 
tion's signal. 



Application to the FCC for the 
increase was made last March when 
the antenna and tower of WMBI- 
FM were destroyed in a windstorm. 
A gust of wind twisted the 60-foot 
FM tower from its mounting atop 
the WMBI-AM tower at Addison, 
Illinois, and hurled it to the ground 
436 feet below. A temporary an- 
tenna was mounted and used for 
broadcasting on limited power. Last 
month a new antenna and tower 
were mounted in its place. 

Moody Bible Institute owns and 



operates four radio stations. WMBI- 
AM pioneered in religious broad- 
casting in 1926. WMBI-FM began 
broadcasting in July, 1960. 

The other Moody stations are 
WDLM in East Moline, Illinois, and 
WCRF-FM in Cleveland, Ohio. All 
the Moody-owned stations sell no 
radio time and are totally sustained 
by listeners. Those listening to both 
Chicago stations donated funds to 
help pay for repairs of the FM 
tower and antenna. 

Under license of the FCC, the 
Moody stations must maintain a 
proper balance of programming in 
the areas of reUgion, entertain- 
ment, agriculture, education, news, 
discussion and public service. 

The Moody station in East Mo- 
line recently was granted a safety 
award by the National Safety 



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Council and recognition by Illinois 
Governor Otto Kerner. Last year 
a Chicago newspaper columnist 
commented that "WMBI. . .some- 
how retains in this souped-up age 
the flavor of radio in the golden 
age." 

LEGION WITHDRAWS AWARD 

IT GAVE JEHOVAH'S WITNESS 

SCHOHARIE, N. Y. (ep) — The prin- 
cipal of Central High School here 
branded as "religious discrimina- 
tion" the American Legion's with- 
drawal of an award made earlier 
to a Jehovah's Witness student who 
said he could not salute the flag 
because of religious principles. 

Recipient of the award, a medal, 
was Henry Jenner, 19, a senior at 
Central High. It was presented by 
a Legion post last spring at grad- 
uation exercises for outstanding 
"honor, courage, scholarship, lead- 
ership and service." 

Later, however, when the Legion 
post learned of his religious beliefs, 
the youth was requested to return 
the medal on orders from the 
group's national office. 

The withdrawal brought a com- 
plaint from the school's principal, 
Marvin Loveys, who said that any 



organization "that sets up a dis- 
criminatory clause should be ex- 
cluded from having anything to do 
with the public schools." 

Meanwhile, the Schoharie Board 
of Education was considering elim- 
inating Legion awards to high 
school students. 

(Mr. Jenner, now a freshman at 
Rollins College, Winter Park, Fla., 
joined the Jehovah's Witnesses last 
December while courting a girl, also 
a Witness. The youth's parents are 
Episcopalians.) 

AVERAGE ALC PASTOR 
GETS $6,221 SALARY 

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. (EP) — The av- 
erage salary of pastors in the 
American Lutheran Church is $6,- 
221, a denominational survey here 
disclosed. According to Dr. George 
H. Berkheimer, director of the ALC 
Board of Pensions, the survey was 
made in connection with an ac- 
tuarial study required for medical 
coverage of retired pastors and wid- 
ows. 

The survey covered 4,423 active 
pastors. Twenty per cent were be- 
tween the ages of 30 and 34; their 
average annual salary was $5,859. 
The highest average salary ($7,113) 



was found in the 45-59 age group. 
Some 207 clergymen were 65 years 
of age or older and eligible for re- 
tirement; their average salary was 
$5,636. 

15 PENNSYLVANIA DISTRICTS 
DEFY SCHOOL PRAYER BAN 

HARRisBURG, PA. (ep) — Fifteen 
school districts in Pennsylvania 
have continued to defy the U. S. 
Supreme Court decision barring de- 
votional exercises from public 
schools. 

In recent actions, five boards 
voted to continue Bible reading, 
one rescinded its decision to defy 
the Court, and another upheld its 
original stand to open daily sessions 
with verses from the Bible. 

Bad men or devils would not 
have written the Bible, for it con- 
demns them and their works. Good 
men or angels could not have writ- 
ten it, for in saying it was from 
God when it was but their own 
invention, they would have been 
guilty of falsehood, and thus could 
not have been good. The only re- 
maining being who could have 
written it, is God. 

— John Wesley 



Sunday School 

Lesson Comments 

Carl H. Phillips ^ 

Topics copyrighted by the International Council of 
Religious Education. Used by permission. 



Lesson for January 12, 1964 

PHILIP AND ANDREW, EVANGELISTS 

Text: John 1:35-46 

ONE MAN INTERESTED in the teachings of Jesus. 
Two men are interested in Jesus. Soon three 
men are interested in Jesus. Within four years, thou- 
sands of men and women were giving themselves to 
Jesus. 

Most of the time, in our New Testament, we flnd 
Philip and Andrew mentioned together. It would 
seem as if they worked as a team. Not a great deal 
is known of these two men. From flrst glance, we 
might observe that they were secondary to Peter, 
James and John. No doubt that each had a very suc- 
cessful ministry. 

From our human point of view, there would not 
have been a great man, Peter, had not Andrew brought 
this single person to Jesus for his flrst convert. Look- 
ing at it from this view, had there not been an An- 
drew, there would not have been great Pentecostal 



preaching. So you want to fill the church? You want 
to see a great revival? Remember that the boy or 
girl that you lead to Christ may be another Peter, 
Moody or Graham. We do not mean to neglect that 
the first man Philip led to Jesus also became one 
of the chosen twelve. 

Philip and Andrew were close together when a young 
lad was led by Andrew to Jesus (John 6:5-14). At 
another time, they worked together to lead the in- 
quiring Greeks to Jesus (John 12:20-22). 

We may ponder on how we, as individual Christians, 
can be most helpful in promoting the work of evan- 
gelism or missions. The example of these two men 
show that they began with a personal concern for 
individuals. They found a Saviour whom they wanted 
other individuals to know. We may have visions of 
masses of people for Christ, but success comes when 
we see the individuals who make up the masses. Most 
people will not have the opportunity to speak to 
masses but there is no end to opportunity to speak 
to individuals. 

In the same breath, we must say that the individuals 
must be led to Jesus. We are interested in people be- 
ing in church. For their sake, and for our success, 
we must make it clear that we want them to know 
Jesus. As a Christian, we view the Church and Christ 
as being very separate in a way. But for the sake of 
souls, and to rescue the Church from "churchianity," 
we must make Christ and the Church synonymous, 
that those who are saved must live in Jesus if they 
are to be in His Church. 



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HARRISONBURG, VIRGINIA (BETHLE- 
HEM). Rev. John F. Locke reports 
that the W. M. S. pubUc service was 
conducted on Sunday evening, De- 
cember 8, with Dr. Louis G. Locke 
as guest speaker. Dr. Locke pre- 
sented his color slides of his recent 
trip to the Bible lands. 

A committee is at work on pos- 
sible purchase of real estate for 
church expansion. 

CUMBERLAND, MARYLAND. RCV. HayS 

K. Logan reports that the fall re- 
vival was conducted by Rev. M. 
W. Dodds. Four people were re- 
ceived into the church by baptism 
as a result of these services. 

HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND. ReV. St. 

Clair Benshoff reports that on De- 
cember 8, nineteen people were 
awarded Certificates of Merit for 
completing a Leadership Training 



Course on "10 Steps to Leadership." 
WASHINGTON, D. c. Rev. Jerry Flora 
reports the reception of two new 
members by baptism recently. 

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA. RCV. 

W. S. Crick reports the baptism and 
reception of four new members re- 
cently. 

SERGEANTS VILLE, NEW JERSEY. On 

Sunday evening, December 15, the 
choirs of the First Brethren Church 
of Sergeantsville and the choir of 
the Fairless Hills-Levittown Breth- 
ren Church presented the cantata 
entitled: "Love Transcending" by 
John W. Peterson. The choir was 
directed by Mrs. Robert L. Kep- 
linger. Mrs. Emmert R. Wilson ac- 
companied at the organ; Mrs. Rita 
Nolte was the narrator. 

TEEGARDEN, INDIANA. ReV. ClaudC 

Stogsdill reports that Rev. Virgil 



Riely, a representative of the Bi- 
ble Meditation League, whose or- 
ganization helps to furnish New 
Testaments for our programs in 
South America, was the guest 
speaker on Sunday morning, De- 
cemher 15. 

Memorials 

WOLFE. Howard Wilbur Wolfe, 
born May 11, 1896, passed away on 
October 14, 1963. He was a son of 
J. Milo Wolfe, and a great-grandson 
of Elder George Wolfe, who estab- 
lished the first Brethren Church 
west of the Mississippi. 

The services were conducted by 
the undersigned on October 17. In- 
terment in the East Union Ceme- 
tery, Manteca, California. 

Rev. Robert Madoski 



MESSLER. Dr. John H. Messier 
was born on July 19, 1886 and 
passed away on December 2, 1963. 
He was a lifelong member of the 
Linwood Brethren Church. 

Funeral services were conducted 
in the Linwood Brethren Church 
by the undersigned, assisted by Rev. 
John Mills. Burial was in the Pipe 
Creek Cemetery. 

Rev. Freeman Ankrum 



Sunday School Suggestions 

from fhe National S. S. Board 



Dick Winfield 



A WORD TO TEACHERS 
CONCERNING NEW PUPILS 

•~pHE SUNDAY SCHOOL should be continually 
1 reaching out into the community, reaching the 
unreached, and bringing them into the fellowship 
of the Sunday School. But the gaining of these new 
pupils puts an added responsibility on the Sunday 
School teacher. They become the teacher's concern. 
What should you, as a teacher, do with them and 
for them? 

The very first objective is that as you teach all 
of your pupils, you will remember to point them to 
the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. There is no greater 
potential in evangelism today than that of the Sun- 
day School. Every teacher should be an evangelist 
with a heart for the soul of the pupil. 

As you teach, remember that you must always, 
and in every way possible, help your pupils to see 
the Word of God through the words that you speak. 
You are for the moment, God's spokesman. You must 



communicate the truth of God's Book in such a win- 
some manner that they will understand. 

Then remember that what you are and what you 
do are far Tnore- important than what you say. Your 
pupils are watching you in moments that you are 
not standing before them as their teacher. But you 
are their teacher, and regardless of where you go 
or what you do, you are still their teacher. One of 
the foremost reasons mentioned for the drop-outs 
from Sunday School was the fact that the drop-outs 
found little reality in the lives of their teachers. 
Teachers said one thing and practiced another. 

To be what God wants us to be everywhere we 
go will of course require another item concerning 
your new pupils and the old, namely, you must grow 
spiritually. What was sufficient for our spiritual 
lives yesterday does not suffice for today. As teachers, 
we dare not depend upon the material of our teach- 
ing alone to be our spiritual food. To nibble from the 
barrel as we prepare for others is not the way of 
spiritual growth. Let these new pupils be the incentive 
to every teacher's heart to take new ground for God 
and with God every day through the personal study 
of the Word of God, and the time of prayer with God. 

Commit your new pupils to God. Remember, the 
work in its final analysis is God's. Your work is to 
be a personal witness to His saving power and to 
present His truth in a challenging manner. His is the 
work of taking that truth and applying it to the heart, 
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Contributing Editors: 
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Sunday School Lesson Comments 

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In This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: "On Sunday" 3 

News from the Brethren 4 

Memorials 4 

Sunday School Suggestions 4 

Sisterhood ' 5 

The Brethren Youth 6 

Children's Devotions — January 15-21 8 

Daily Devotions — January 15-21 ? . Ui 

Sunday School Lesson Comments 10 

Prayer Meeting Bible Study 11 

Woman's Missionary Society 

(Program Materials for February) 12 

Spiritual Meditations 15 

The Brethren Layman 16 

Missionary Board 18 



NOTES and COMMENTS 

REVEREND W. R. DEETER 
PASSES AWAY 

WORD HAS BEEN received by your Editor 
that Reverend W. R. Deeter of Topeka, 
Kansas, passed away on Christmas Day, Decem- 
ber 25, 1963, at 12:30 P.M. 

His funeral was on Saturday, December 28, 
and he was buried in the Rochester Cemetery, 
Topeka, Kansas. 

Bro. Deeter had been a Brethren Minister for 
many years. A more detailed obituary will be 
in a later issue of The Brethren Evangelist. 



OUR SYMPATHY: 

WE EXTEND our sympathy to Rev. and Mrs. 
William Curtis upon the death of Mrs. 
Curtis' father, Mr. F. W. Schneider of Ashland, 
Ohio, who passed away very suddenly on New. 
Year's Day. 

Rev. and Mrs. Curtis had just returned to 
North Liberty, Indiana, from Ashland, having 
attended the funeral of Mrs. Curtis' grandmother 
the day before. 

Also, Mrs. Curtis' mother passed away just last 
August. 

We pray God's care and blessing upon these 
people during these days of sorrow. 



Christian Discipleship 
in Communistic Garments 

ON PAGE 21 of this issue of The Brethren 
Evangelist, you will find an article bearing 
the above title. This article was written by Rev. 
William Skeldon, pastor of the First Brethren 
Church, Huntington, Indiana. 

This article first appeared in The United 
Brethren on October 4, 1961. Be sure to read 
it, it will start you to thinking! 



A NEW DOOR OPENS 

MR. JOHN ROWSEY, missionary to Argentina, 
has a very fine article on page 18 of this 
issue of The Brethren Evangelist relative to the 
radio work in South America. John tells us, in 
this article, how God has opened doors that the 
Gospel might be presented to many through 
the broadcasts which they make. 

In reading this, you will be amazed as to how 
the Lord works in the lives of men to bring about 
His purpose in the world. 



OUR COVER PICTURE— Don Knight Photo. 



Progress Reports from Brethren Churches . . 20 
"Christian Discipleship in Communistic 

Garments" by Rev. William Skeldon 21 

Pictorial Report on Sarasota, Florida 23 



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the 

editor's 

editorial 



on 
Sunday 



-pWO NEWS ITEMS found their way to my 
■»■ desk this week — they are interesting items 
relative to what people do on Sunday. 
WHAT PEOPLE IN U. S. THINK OF SUNDAY: 

"New York (EP) — Have the pressures of 
American life today changed the traditional con- 
cept of Sunday as a day for church, rest and 
family get-togethers? 

"Elmo Roper and Associates recently surveyed 
idults across the nation, and came up with a 
strong 'No' in answer to that question. 

'Their findings on a research project spon- 
sored by This Week magazine: relaxation and 
relatives still are key interests ... 56 per cent of 
today's people look forward to Sunday more than 
any other day of the week . . . slightly more than 
half of America's adults will be found in church 
3n an average Sunday, with two-thirds of the 
population in church at least once a month." 

This little item paints a nice picture; please 
ote that the survey dealt with the "concept" 
f Sunday as a "day for church, rest and family 
get-togethers." 

The word "practice" should be injected here; 
there is much difference in the words "concept" 
and "practice." They can either be companions or 
they can be far apart. 

Now, the other news item: 
"FULL-SCALE SUNDAY SHOPPING SCHED- 
ULED IN TULSA SUBURBS 

'Tulsa, Okla. (ep) — The Lord 'has lost His 
day in Oklahoma,' the Tulsa Tribune declared 
here in an editorial commenting on a decision 
by the Vandever Co., largest department store 
in the city, to open its suburban branch on the 
four Sundays before Christmas. 

"The editorial — 'Bye, Bye Sunday' — noted that 
William G. Vandever of Tulsa was a chief advo- 
cate of a Sunday closing law — turned down by 
the last legislature — but that 'since many of his 
competitors will remain open seven days a week, 
he had decided to join them. Who can blame him?' 



"It was stated the situation 'is rapidly being 
reduced to an absurdity,' with Sunday becoming 
'just another day for sorting stock, sweeping 
aisles and walloping the keys on the cash register.' 

" 'Day of rest?' it added. 'Don't be silly.' 

"At the same time, the editorial said, 'the Com- 
munist nations, which officially discourage re- 
ligious observations and deny the existence of 
God, have maintained Sunday very faithfully. 

" 'They recognize the need for a real day of 
rest, the rejuvenating process inherent in a day 
when the job of earning a living is forgotten.' " 

Many of us can remember when nothing was 
opened for business on the Lord's Day; we can 
also remember when nothing was scheduled on 
Sunday, and especially if it interfered with church 
services, morning or evening. But, then, the cam- 
el got his nose in the tent; today, the camel is 
all the way in! Sunday has become just another 
day — we work in the fields; we do our wash- 
ings; we do our shopping; we do our gardening; 
we do our building; we have our fun; we think 
very little about "rest" and our relationship to 
God. 

In so doing, we forget two principles. 

First, God gave us six days to work, the seventh 
is for rest ! God knows what is best for our bodies, 
after all. He made them; even the Communists 
recognize that the body needs this day of rest, 
we Christians act as if no such principle existed. 

Secondly, the first day of the week was sancti- 
fied that we might remember that our Lord was 
resurrected on a Sunday morning; this remem- 
bering must be done in worship with others. 
Again, worship comes after the work is done or 
the fun is over; worship comes only when there 
is time for it. Our worship should come FIRST 
— then relaxation should follow; you never get 
ahead by working on the Lord's Day! 

How do you spend the Sunday that God has 
given you? Brethren, these are the signs of the 
times ! S. G. 



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ASHLAND, OHIO (GARBER) . ReV. 

Waldo Gaby reports the reception 
of eleven into membership of the 
church on Christmas Sunday. Six 
were by baptism and five by trans- 
fer of letter. 

ASHLAND, OHIO (PARK STREET) . The 

Missionary Committee sponsored a 
carry-in fellowship dinner on Sun- 
day evening, January 5, for the 
Kenneth Solomon family. The Sol- 
omons will return to Argentina 
soon to resume their work. A mis- 
sionary program was presented fol- 
lowing the dinner. 



SMiTHviLLE, OHIO. Rev. Donald 
Rowser reports that four young 
people were received recently into 
membership of the church by bap- 
tism. 

CERRO GORDO, ILLINOIS. Rev. and 
Mrs. E. M. Keck moved into the 
parsonage during the week of De- 
cember 1 and Rev. Keck delivered 
his first mes'sage as pastor on De- 
cember 8, 1963. 

LANARK, ILLINOIS. Rev. C. Y. Gil- 
mer reports that the week of ser- 
vices held recently in the church 



with Rev. Wm. Skeldon as evan- 
gelist was truly successful. 

On November 26, three new mem- 
bers were received by baptism and; 
confirmation into the church. 

FALLS CITY, NEBRASKA. On Sunday, 
Decem'ber 15, six were baptized and; 
received into membership of the 
church, according to Rev. Robert 
Holsinger, pastor. 



Memorials 

LINTON. Mrs. Dorothy Lucille 
(Blum) Linton met death very sud- 
denly as the result of an auto- 
mobile accident on November 30, 
1963. She had been a member of 
the Washington^ D. C. church since 
a child. 

Burial was in the Arlington Na- 
tional Cemetery, Arlington, Vir- 
ginia. 

Mrs. Ona Lee Sams 
Corresponding Secretary 



Sunday School Suggestions 

from the National S. S. Board 



Dick Winfield 



FINDING AND FURNISHING 
SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSROOMS 

THIS ARTICLE is the first of four articles dealing 
with the subject, "Finding and Furnishing Sun- 
day School Classrooms." Most Sunday Schools find 
themselves, at one time or another, in need of addi- 
tional classrooms. Some Sunday Schools meet this 
need by building an addition to their church build- 
ing. Many Sunday Schools, however, are unable or 
unwilling to launch into a building program of suf- 
ficient proportions to provide them with the class- 
room space needed. It is for such Sunday Schools 
that the messages of these articles are intended. 

An attempt will be made to give guidance and sug- 
gestions that will enable such Sunday Schools to use 
the space which they now have to the best advantage, 
thus providing them with the needed classrooms. It 
should he recognized that many of the suggestions 
made are, at best, only temporary solutions, and 
would be undesirable on a permanent basis. The in- 
tention is, however, that these solutions might meet 
the need until the church has the ability and the 
vision to build suitable classrooms. 

In addition to offering suggestions for finding class- 
room space, two of the articles will deal with mat- 
ters of classroom furnishing — painting and preparing 
the classroom, and providing classroom facilities and 



equipment. 

THE NEED FOR MORE CLASSROOMS 

There are a variety of reasons why a Sunday School 
may find it necessary or desirable to make available 
more classrooms. Among these reasons might be 
included: 1. Overcrowded classes making it neces- 
sary to divide them into two or more classes. 2. A de- 
sire to "divide and multiply," that is, to divide exist- 
ing classes into several small classes in hopes that 
each of these will grow into a large class. 3. The need 
for a new room to serve an age group previously not 
found in the Sunday School — a nursery or kinder- 
garten, for example. 4. Perhaps one reason, more 
than any other, that would make it necessary to i 
add new classrooms is the desire to conform to the 
educational principle of grading. God has graded 
people. Children, youth and adults are markedly dif- 
ferent. Even within each of these three classifications 
there are considerable differences. The first grader 
is different from the fourth grader, the eighth grader 
different from the twelfth grader. Each age has its 
own particular needs and characteristics. Grading 
attempts to separate people into their various age 
groups so that each group can be taught on the basis 
of its own characteristics and needs. But grading re- 
quires more classes and therefore more classrooms. 
Many Sunday Schools have failed to begin the process 
of grading because of lack of classrooms. 

These, then, are some of the reasons which make 
new classrooms necessary. The question now comes, 
where do we find the space? In most Sunday Schools, 
there is some unused space available which can be 
transformed into a classroom on a temporary basis. 
But it takes some thinking, searching and imagina- 
tion to find this space. In next week's article we will 
consider some possible places in which classroom 
space may be found. 



January 11, 1964 



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Pointers From Our Patroness 



GIRLS OF COMPASSION 



Mrs. Richard Godwin 



As I THINK of what God would 
have me say to the girls of 
the Sisterhood of Mary and Martha, 
my mind wanders back to the sto- 
ry in the Bible of the lives of the 
two women from whom we take 
our name — Mary and Martha. 

Looking at their lives in a very 
general and broad sense — this we 
must do at times with all of 
God's Word — we see a very defi- 
nite principle laid before us. In 
the lives of both women, it can 
plainly be seen that each looked 
to Jesus with deep affection and 
that both were very thoughtful 
people. Mary was one of kindly 
and personal affection, while Mar- 
tha was thoughtful in a domestic 
and practical way. In both lives, 
one can see a principle of love 
for the Savior, Jesus Christ, along 
with a second principle, that of 
concern for others. 

As my mind further wanders, I 
recall a statement made by our 
Lord which is recorded in the book 
of Mark, chapter 12, verses 30-31: 
"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God 
with all thy heart, and with all 
thy soul, and with all thy mind, 
and with all thy strength: this is 
the first commandment. And the 
second is like, namely this, thou 
shalt love thy neighbor as thy- 
self. There is none other command- 
ment greater than these." These 
two divine principles laid down 
by Jesus seem to follow my line 
of thought as I look at the out- 
line of the lives of Mary and 
Martha. 

Letting my thoughts, then, pro- 
gress down through the years to 



the present moment of the Marys 
and Marthas of the Brethren 
Church, I see these two principles 
as they should be applied to our 
lives. In I Peter, we find words 
speaking directly to us as we read 
the eighth verse of chapter 3: "Be 
ye all of one mind, having com- 
passion one of another, love as 
brethren, be pitiful, be courteous." 
Peter's emphasis here is on the 
word compassion. This word is 
used excessively by many people 
today but I fear it is used very 
loosely. 

I am wondering if we really do 
have true "sorrow" or true "sym- 
pathy" for others as Peter would 
be intimating in the above Scrip- 
ture. Do we really look with mer- 
cy upon others? Do we really act 
toward them in sincere love? Do 
we truly look to God with adora- 
tion, and, consequently, pour out 
our lives to Him? I don't think 
so, but these should ever be the 
goals toward which we are striving. 

As Sisterhood girls, we should be 
adoring God just because He is 
God. We should be letting Him use 
our lives because He sent Jesus 
Christ to die for our sins. Further- 
more, we should not be doing 
things for others for our own bene- 
fit, but we should be doing these 
things solely because we love "ev- 
eryone." As I am writing this, I 
am hoping that each of you will 
serve God and help others because 
of the love you have in your heart. 

In closing, I want you to re- 
member that the best way to wit- 
ness for Christ and to win souls 
for eternity is through love. Christ 



died for us that we might have 
eternal life. He didn't do this be- 
cause we deserve it, but because 
He had compassion for us. Neither 
did He do it for self, but because 
it was God's wish and it was for 
the salvation of others. He loved 
us sinners. We must exercise the 
same kind of love. 

May God bless you as you hide 
self and live your life for God and 
others. 



National 
Thank You 
Letter 

Dear Girls: 

Your 1962-63 project money in 
the amount of $1,380.72, presented 
to the Missionary Board for world 
missions, represents a dedicated ef- 
fort on the part of a great many 
sincere workers for the Lord. It is 
a joy to see you, the youth — the 
church of today, realizing the great 
need for bringing the Gospel to 
people abroad. 

Your generous contribution to 
the mission program of the Breth- 
ren Church will aid greatly in this 
year of adding another family to 
the Argentine Field. At the August 
Board Meeting, it was determined 
that your contribution would be 
used for heavy furnishings for the 
Aspinalls. 

May the Lord continue to bless 
you in your dedicated efforts for 
His will to be done. 

Sincerely in Christ, 
Missionary Board of 
the Brethren Church 



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Youth 
Crusaders 



A YOUTH QUESTIONS 




by Jean Lersch 



THE FOLLOWING, written by a sophomore in Ash- 
land High School, appeared in our paper's "Let- 
ters to the Editor." His questions demand some sort 
of answers. These I have tried to find. 

WHY? 

And there was little John-John 
Standing on the chapel steps, 
Stepping bravely forward 
And gravely saluting his father's casket. 
Why is he? 

And there was sweet Caroline, 
A sweet girl of almost six — 
Crying beside her father's casket. 
Why is she? 

And there is brave Jackie, 
Widow and mother, walking along. 
As she walks along, she wonders 
What to do next, and she wonders 
Why she must wonder. 
And, again, I wonder why? 

Is there anyone who can tell me why? 
Why two little kids are without a father. 
Why a good wife is without a husband, 
Why a great nation is minus a great man? 
Can you tell me why? 

And, then, there is the aftermath 

With a death bell tolling. 

And people crying, "The bell tolls for 

Me and for thee!" 

And why is the world weeping and mourning? 

Just why is it? Why? 



And then there was a parade. 
And there were seven gray horses 
Drawing a caisson. 
And there was a band, and there 
Were people marching. 

Yet something was missing in this parade. 
But what is missing? 
Gaiety? Yes, gaiety. 
For the band played solemn tunes. 
And the people marched in gloominess 
And despair thick enough to cut. 
And upon the caisson was a casket, 
And within the casket lay a body, 
A body that will lie still forever. 
Why must it lie still forever? 
And then there was the funeral 
With a flag-draped coffin. 
And there were people crying, praying; 
With a priest asking and praying for 
Eternal life and for forgiveness! 
Why? Why is this happening? 
Why? 

And there was Caroline and JOhn-John 
With John-John waving at the casket 
And saying, "Bye-bye, Daddy." 
Why? 

Why is it? Can someone tell me why? 
Is it because of evil and greedy minds? 
Or, maybe, because of a lost world? 
Is this not God's world? 
If so, why is this happening? 
Why? 

And now, here am I, a young lad, 

A young lad going into an unsteady world. 



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But wihat am I doing now? 
I'm just wondering, wondering why? 
Dale Burden 

Ashland Senior High School 
Dear Dale Burden, 

Your question "why?" affirms your relationship to 
your Creator. Had you been formed without that di- 
vine breath, you would not be plagued with com- 
passion-prompted wondering. 
"A spark disturbs our clod; 
Nearer we hold of God 
Who gives, then of his tribes that take, 
I must believe." 
So wrote Ro'bert Browning. 

An unknown poet left this answer on a hospital 
wall: 

PAIN 

"The cry of man's anguish went up to God, 

'Lord, take away pain! 

The shadow that darkens the world Thou hast made; 

The close coiling chain 

That strangles the heart; the burden that weighs 

On the winds that would soar — 

Lord, take away pain from the world Thou hast made 

That it love Thee the more!' 

Then answered the Lord to the cry of the world, 

'Shall I take away pain. 

And with it the power of the soul to endure, 

Made strong by the strain? 

Shall I take away pity that knits heart to heart. 

And sacrifice high? 

Will ye lose all your heroes that lift from the fire 

White brows to the sky? 

Shall I take away love that redeems with a price, 

And smiles with its loss? 

Can ye spare from your lives that would cling unto 
mine 

The Christ on his cross?' " 
Jean Ingelow (1820-1897) left this beam to light 

our search: 
"Sorrows ^humanize our race; 
Tears are the showers that fertilize this world: 
And memory of things precious keepeth warm 
The heart that once did hold them. 

They are poor 
That have lost nothing: they are poorer far 
Who, losing, have forgotten: they most poor 
Of all, who lose and wish they might forget. 
For life is one, and in its warp and woof 
There runs a thread of gold that glitters fair, 
And sometimes in the pattern shows more sweet 

Where there are sombre colors. It is true 
That we have wept. But O, this thread of gold, 



We would not have it tarnish: let us turn 
Oft and look back upon the wondrous web. 
And when it shineth sometimes we shall know 
That memory is possession." 

Another poet, S. Hall Young (1847-1927) wrote the 
possible attitude of President Kennedy himself. 

"Let me die, working. 
Still tackling plans unfinished, tasks undone! 
Clean to its end, swift may my race be run. 
No laggard steps, no faltering, no shirking; 

Let me die, working! 

Let me die, thinking. 
Let me fare forth still with an open mind. 
Fresh secrets to unfold, new truths to find, 
My soul undimmed, alert, no question 

blinking; 
Let me die, thinking! 

Let me die, laughing. 
No sighing o'er past sins; they are forgiven. 
Spilled on this earth are all the joys of Heaven; 
The wine of life, the cup of mirth quaffing. 

Let me die, laughing!" 

It is good, that you have questioned the wrong, Dale 
Burden. You have identified yourself as one of God's 
creatures with the possibility of becoming one of his 
sons; you have nudged us all into taking stock of 
our beliefs and values. Let these two messages guide 
our thinking as we continue. Here one poet tells us 
to get to work; the other, to trust God with the re- 
sults. 

"Be strong! 
We are not here to play, to dream, to drift. 
We have hard work to do, and loads to lift. 
Shun not the struggle, face it, 'tis God's gift. 

Be strong! 
Say not the days are evil — who's to blame! 
And fold the hands and acquiesce — O shame! 
Stand up, speak out, and bravely, in God's name. 

Be strong! 
It matters not how deep entrenched the wrong, 
How hard the battle goes, the day, how long; 
Faint not, fight on! Tomorrow comes the song." 

Maltie Babcock, 1858-1901 

"My soul, sit thou a patient looker-on; 
Judge not the Play before the Play is done; 
Her Plot has many changes; every day 
Speaks a new scene; the last act crowns the Play." 

Francis Quarles, 1592-1644 

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readings ii 
Memory Scripture for the month — Matthew 7:7: 

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall 
find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 

Jannarj' 15-21 



WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 1964 

Scripture: Matthew 9:35-38 

The Laborers Are Few 

In the days when our country was young, Hank 
lived on a farm. It was long, long before tractors and 
trucks were invented. 

Hank worked hard to help his father cut down the 
trees and clear the land. Nellie, their horse, pulled 
the plow to turn the soil. All the family helped to 
plant the corn in long straight rows. 

God sent the rain and the sunshine. The corn 
grew and grew. The tassels appeared. The ears be- 
gan to form. What a fine field of corn it was! 

Hank knew there would be plenty of corn meal for 
Mother to cook for them that winter. He knew there 
would be enough corn for their chickens and cow and 
horse, too. 

At last it was time to pick the corn. Hank and Fa- 
ther could never get it done before the snow came. 
Even if Mother and the two oldest girls helped, it 
would take a long time. 

Then one day, the neighbors for miles around came. 
The men and older children picked corn. The women 
cooked a big dinner. The little children scampered 
about here and there. 

That day, there were laborers enough to harvest 
the corn. 

There is much work to be done for God. Often there 
are not enough people willing to do the work. Will 
you always try to do what God wants you to do? Will 
you be one of His laborers? 
Prayer: 

Dear Heavenly Father, show me the way I can best 
work for You — not just when I'm grown up, but even 
now while I am young. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 1964 

Scripture: Matthew 10:29-33 

Ye Are of More Value 

Sometimes when you are outside, do you look up 
at the sky? It's fun to see pictures in the fiuffy, white 
clouds floating in the blue. 

One or two birds may fly overhead. At other times, 
flocks of a hundred or more sparrows fly over. They 
are a very common bird. We see them everywhere. 
They aren't pretty and colorful like the cardinal. 
They don't sing sweetly like the robin. People don't 
think the sparrow is worth much. In fact, some boys 
try to shoot them with B-B guns. 



Yet, Jesus tells us that not even one sparrow is 
hurt Or killed without God noticing it. 

We know, then, that He loves us very much. Jesus 
said, "Ye are of more value than many sparrows." 

How good it makes us feel inside to know God loves 
us and is watching over us. 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for loving me so very much. Thank 
You for watching over me. In Jesus' name I pray. 
Amen. 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 1964 | 

Scripture: Matthew 11:28-30 

Come Unto Me 

It was time for six-weeks tests. Larry had worked 
hard since the first day of school. But now he began 
to worry. Suppose he didn't remember his spelling 
words. Suppose he forgot his English rules. Suppose. 
The more he thought about the tests, the more he 
fretted and worried. 

"Larry, there is no use worrying about the tests," 
said Mother. "Just ask God to help you remember 
the things you have learned. He won't give you the 
answers, but He will help you to relax and remember 
what you have studied. This is one of the times He 
wants you to come to Him in prayer. He can and will 
help you." 

God can and will help you, too. Come to Him in 
prayer asking Him to help you this day. 
Prayer: 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that I can come 
to You in prayer any time, any place. Help me to 
remember not to become upset and worry, but to 
talk with You in prayer. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 1964 

Scripture: Matthew 12:35-37 

By Thy Words 

Some people seem to be talking all the time. Do 
you know anyone like that? Sometimes he says nice 
things about others. Sometimes he says very unkind 
things. Most of the time he doesn't think about what 
he is saying. He just talks. 

This is what Jesus meant by "idle words." We are 
to think carefully before we speak. Do not speak 
when you are angry. Do not speak if you are going 
to say something unkind. 

Our words should make others, as well as ourselves, 
happy. 

People know what kind of a person you are by the 
way you talk. 
Prayer: 

Thank You, Heavenly Father, for the gift of speech. 
Help me to be kind and thoughtful in the things I i 
say. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. ' 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 1964 

Scripture: Matthew 12:46-50 '■ 

My Mother and My Brethren 

Perhaps Jesus' mother, Mary, and His brothers had 
walked many miles that day to see Him. They waited 
quietly as He preached to the people. 

Someone in that crowd knew them and told Jesus 
they were there. 

"Who are my mother and my brethren?" He asked. 
He knew very well who they were, but He asked this 



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question to help people understand that whoever 
loves and serves God is His brother or sister. 

Is Jesus your Brother? 

What will you do today so people will know He is? 

Prayer: 

Thank You, God in heaven, that Jesus is my Broth- 
er. Help me to do only those things which will show 
others I am following Him. In Jesus' name I pray. 
Amen. 

MONDAY, JANUABY 20, 1964 

Scripture: Matthew 13:1-9 

The Seeds 

The stories Jesus told were not just for fun. Each 
one had a special meaning. The disciples knew this. 
Later they asked Him the meaning of the story about 
the seeds. 

Jesus told them: 

People who hear God's Word, but don't understand 
it are like the seeds that fell by the wayside. 

The ones who decide when there is trouble that 
God doesn't love them after all are like the seeds 
that fell among the stones. 

Those who have heard God's Word, but still want 
to do things their own way are like the seeds that 
fell among thorns. 

But those who hear God's Word and try to obey 
it, are like the seeds that fell in good soil. 

Which seeds are you like? 



Prayer: 

Dear God, thank You for the stories in the Bible. 
Help me to listen to Your word and to obey it. Help 
me to grow like the good seeds. In Jesus' name I 
pray. Amen. 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 1964 

Scripture: Matthew 14:14-21 

Five Loaves and Two Fishes 

"Let's have a picnic," said Steve as he came run- 
ning into the house. "Let's go out to the park and 
eat our supper. May we. Mother?" 

Mother smiled at Steve. "That sounds like a good 
idea. We could have a wiener roast. Will you help me 
get the things ready?" 

Soon all the family and a well-filled picnic basket 
were in the car headed for the park. 

When they came home later that evening, you 
may be sure that the basket was almost empty. That's 
the way it is when we plan a picnic. 

In our Bible story, though, Jesus gave over 5,000 
people a picnic. All the food He had was five small 
loaves of bread and two little fish. Yet all those peo- 
ple had all they wanted to eat, and there were twelve 
baskets full of food left. 

Only God's Son could plan a picnic like that! 
Prayer: 

Dear God, thank You for the good times I can have 
with my family and friends. Help me to always re- 
member that we will have even a better time when we 
trust Your Son Jesus. In His name I pray. Amen. 





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General 


Theme for the 


Year: "APPROVED UNTO 


GOD" 


Thema 


for January — 


"IN OUR STUDY OF HIS WORD" 



Writer tor January — Mr. Willard Slabaugh 
January 15th through 21st — "Study to Receive Knowledge and Power" 



Wednesday, January 15, 1964 

Read Scripture: II Timothy 3:14-17 
In the fifteenth chapter of I 
Corinthians, the apostle had just 
completed a very inspiring message 
on the resurrection of the dead and 
had given a very reasonable pre- 
sentation of this Christian doc- 
trine. He then goes on to give an 
exhortation. He says to church 
people that since this is a true doc- 
trine, they should arouse them- 
selves, break off from their sins, 
and correct that which was amiss 
in their lives, and to live as if they 
believed this doctrine to be true. 
He then gives a reproach, and a 



sharp one, to some, at least, among 
them who had not the knowledge 
of God. 

It is indeed to a Christian's shame 
that he does not know God's Word. 
The Christian religion gives com- 
plete information about God, about 
His grace, His mercy, and His plan 
of salvation. One needs but to read 
it in His Word. 

The Day's Thought 

Thy word is a lamp unto my 
feet, and a light unto my path 
(Psalm 119:105). 

Thursday, January 16, 1964 
Read Scripture: II Peter 1:1-8 

Solomon, having undertaken to 



teach a young man knowledge, now 
gives a fundamental truth or rule 
for our consideration in Proverbs 
1:7. We are not qualified for even 
so much as a beginning of the 
learning of any fundamental truth, 
except we have respect and rev- 
erence for God and own Him as 
a Supreme Being. 

To further confirm this truth, 
Solomon goes on to state a second 
fact. A man who does not believe in 
God has no regard or conscience 
toward Him. He has no dread for 
the wrath of God, or any desire 
to please Him. He may pretend to 
admire art or beauty; he may pre- 
tend to feel love or kindness; but 
being wholly void of the ability to 
learn true wisdom and understand- 
ing, he will quite naturally despise 
any kind of instruction. 

The Day's Thought 

The fool hath said in his heart, 
there is no God (Psalm 14:1a). 

Friday, January 11, 1964 
Read Scripture: Ephesians 2:1-10 

For years, the Jews had been 
taught a religion of tradition and 
ceremonial sacrifice, but now Christ 
had appeared introducing the new 
covenant spoken of by the proph- 
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of a man and appeared among 
them to more clearly reveal God 
to man. Yet, there were some Jew- 
ish teachers who taught the old 
traditional law along with the Gos- 
pel of Christ. 

The apostle, here, makes it clear 
that the Gospel of Christ is a com- 
plete religion (Colossians 2:10). 
Christians, by putting themselves 
in the hands of Christ, are put 
back into a right relationship with 
God. In the eyes of God, they are 
made complete or whole, and have 
need of nothing more in their lives 
since God has put all power in the 
hands of Christ. 

The Day's Thought 

Jesus said: "All power is given 
unto me in heaven and in earth" 
(Matthew 28:18). 

Saturday, January 18, 1964 
Read Scripture: I Peter 5:6-11 

Wisdom is defined as being 
knowledge of what is true or right, 
coupled with just judgment as to 
action. Scientific knowledge has ad- 
vanced in the past several years 
at such a rate that technical 
knowledge and wisdom is at a loss 
to keep up with the pace that 
has been set. As a result, we find 
in the world today a great deal of 
confusion and uncertainty. People 
live in constant fear of tomorrow, 
not being able to understand even 
those things that are happening 
today. 

Surely, in a time such as this, 
we can but turn to the Word of 
God to receive the true guidance 



and strength that can be found 
in no other source. 

The Day's Thought 

We should learn to walk by faith 
and not by sight. 

Sunday, January 19, 1964 
Read Scripture: Romans 5:1-6 

In Isaiah 40:29, we learn that 
God is the source of all power. He 
is the Creator of heaven and earth 
and all that is in it from end to 
end. He, therefore, is the rightful 
owner of all, and is in a position 
to give power and strength to His 
people as He sees they have need 
of it. 

The prophet, here, assures the 
children of Israel that God will 
not forget them in their darkest 
hour. He is ready and willing to 
give strength to those who are 
aware of their own weaknesses, and 
are willing to put their faith and 
trust in Him. 

The Day's Thought 

But God hath chosen the foolish 
things of the world to confound the 
wise; and God hath chosen the 
weak things of the world to con- 
found the things which are mighty 
(I Corinthians 1:27). 

Monday, January 20, 1964 
Read Scripture: Proverbs 4:1-7 

True wisdom does not consist 
merely of knowledge, but is a 
combination of knowledge and wis- 
dom. To have knowledge and then 
to have the understanding to put 
that knowledge into practice is in- 
deed the mark of a wise man. 

Wisdom will make itself evident 



in our conversation (James 3:13). 
Words that inform or add clarity 
to the situation, words that lift 
up or edify those around about 
us, and make their burden lighter, 
or their way a little easier to travel 
will indeed be words of wisdom. 
When we are mild and calm, we 
are best able to hear reason, and 
best able to speak it. It has been 
said that wisdom produces meek- 
ness, and meekness increases wis- 
dom. 

The Day's Thought 

Be not wise in thine own eyes: 
fear the Lord, and depart from evil 
(Provefbs 3:7). 

Tuesday, January 21, 1964 
Read Scripture: John 16:7-12 

The apostle, in Hebrews 4:12, 
speaks of a personal knowledge. He 
points out that as one studies the 
Word of God, it is very quick to 
point out to him, through his con- 
science, the things in his life that 
are amiss, or not right in the sight 
of God. Those things are pointed 
out to him in a very powerful way. 

God's Word has power, not only 
to convict us of our sins, but it 
has power to show us the way to 
redemption and peace with God 
through Christ. God's Word has 
power, not only to convict and 
cleanse, but it has power to keep 
us from sin, as we study His Word 
and learn to apply it to our daily 
lives. 

The Day's Thought 

For whom the Lord loveth he 
chasteneth (Hebrews 11:6a). 



Sunday School 

Lesson Comments 

Carl H. Phillips 

Topics copyrighted by the International Council of 
Religious Education. Used by permission. 



Lesson for January 19, 1964 

NICODEMOS, CAUTIOUS INQUIRER 

Text: John 3:1-15 

NICODEMUS may be classed among those who are 
more cautious in accepting something new, even 
though it appears so very good. This precaution can 
be an excellent trait. The apostles taught that we 
should try the spirits to see if they be of God. Nico- 
demus was not as hold as Peter. It could be that he 
came to Jesus by night partly out of fear for his po- 
sition. It could be just as true that he knew that 



in this way he would be avoiding being prejudiced 
by radicals and narrowminded bigots. He would be 
pursuing the truth without risking his influence as 
a ruler of the Jews. His was a position of great spir- 
itual responsibility. He could not remain uncertain 
about a person of such claim and note as Jesus. He 
must know the truth and prove himself before God 
as a responsible leader of men. Once Nicodemus knew, 
he could do nothing less than openly cast his lot 
with the Christian group. He eventually gave pro- 
tection to Jesus (John 7:40-52), and then, with the 
followers of Jesus, helped with His burial (John 19: 
38-42) . 

DISCOVERY IS BY REBIRTH 3:3-13. 

Jesus discerned that Nicodemus did come to honestly 
find out about Him and the Kingdom of which He 
was preaching. So Jesus immediately begins to tell 
him how such an understanding can be arrived at: 
"Except a man be born again, he cannot see (know, 
be acquainted with) the kingdom of God." Nicodemus 
was world-oriented in his thinking and understanding. 



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Jesus says that one cannot understand the things 
of God from such a position. It can be understood 
only when the nature of the individual is so changed 
by a process called reitairth, that he can see it through 
an entirely new mind, heart and way of thinking. 
How is this new vantage point, condition or position 
reached? Jesus said that it can be reached only 
through the water and the Spirit. It takes the bap- 
tism of repentance and the creative action of the 
Spirit to give a man a new nature and so be in the 
kingdom where he can see and understand it (II 
Cor. 5:17). 

Nicodemus, and all others, needed to be changed, but 
changed in the right direction and the right way. 
Only the Spirit is able to make this correct change 
(I Cor. 2:10-12). 



Prayer Meeting 

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CHRISTIAN, MIND YOUR BUSINESS! 

Are you ashamed of Jesus 

And the story of the cross, 
That you lower His pure banner 

And let it suffer loss? 
Have you forgot His suffering? 

Did He die for you in vain? 
If not, then live and speak for Jesus, 

And speak out like a man. 

— ^Clifford Lewis 

TOUBLEMAKER was the label given by Ahab to 
Elijah (I Kgs. 18:17). Amos was accused of 
meddling and conspiracy (Amos 7:10-16). Paul and 
his associates were accused of world upheaval (Acts 
17:6) . Paul was called "a pestilent fellow, and a mover 
of sedition" (Acts 24:5). But a Christian is here on 
business for his King (II Cor. 5:20). 

You talk about your business. 

Your bonds and stocks and gold; 
And in all worldly matters 

You are so brave and bold; 
But why are you so silent 

About salvation's plan? 
Why don't you speak for Jesus, 

And speak out like a man? 

You talk about the weather, 

And the crops of corn and wheat; 
You speak of friends and neighlbors 

That pass along the street; 
You call yourself a Christian, 

And like the Gospel plan — 
Then why not speak for Jesus, 

And speak out like a man? 

The world thinks it is the preacher's business to 
marry couples, but the Word rejects marriage to some 
(Matt. 14:4; II Cor. 6:14). Some think that the main 
business of the preacher is to visit the sick and bury 



the dead, but even that is not paramount (Lu. 9:60). 
A popular idea is that the preacher is a promoter, 
financier, organizer, mixer, but the preachers of old 
said such is an unreasonable demand (Acts 6:2). 
Some think that the pastor should be a denomina- 
tional servant, but the Holy Spirit refuses to share 
His honors that way (Num. 23:11, 12). Some preach- 
ers think they are to save the United Nations, but 
this, too, is contrary to Scripture (Jer. 30:11). 

If we preachers are ordained by the nail-pierced 
hands, why do we not look at Jesus and do what 
He did (Jn. 20:21)? He was a personal soul-winner 
(Jn. 4:10). By night He taught the doctrine of the 
new birth (Jn. 3:2, 3) . Paul was not interested in sav- 
ing the world, but in saving some (Rom. 11:14). 
Some falsely think that the preacher is to build the 
church, "be a good drawing card" and fill the pew 
(Matt. 16:18). Successful Paul was not a "good mixer" 
(II Cor. 12:15; Gal. 4:16). If Jesus pastored the church 
of today, He would preach repentance (Rev. 2:5). 
Paul would denounce "Devilvision" — ^TV, that is (I' 
Thess. 5:22). 

The main business of the preacher is to "preach 
the Word" (II Tim. 4:2). Films, plays and programs 
are poor siibstitutes for Gospel preaching (Titus 1:3; 
I Cor. 1:21). The preacher's business is to pray (Jas. 
5:16), to be filled with the Spirit (Acts 11:24), and 
keep himself untangled <II Tim. 2:4). Jesus minded 
His Father's business (Lu. 2:49; Jn. 8:29) . Paul minded 
his business (I Cor. 2:2), and his record was a peer- 
less one (II Tim. 4:7, 8). No one could stop Peter and 
John from minding their own business (Acts 5:29). 




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Bible Study for February 



JESUS CHRIST — THE LORD OF PRAYER 

JOHN 17 



by Rev. H. H. Rowsey 



LET US BEGIN our Bible Study for this month, 
in our W. M. S. meeting, in our family circle or 
in other group meetings, by having someone read the 
seventeenth chapter of St. John from the King James 
version. The prayer should be introduced by the read- 
er with the words, "Let us all reverently bow our 
heads as we listen to a prayer which fell from the 
lips of our Lord on the night before His crucifixion." 
Following careful and prayerful reading and listen- 
ing, you will be ready for the study. 

In the words of this chapter, the Lord of Prayer 
prays for Himself; He prays for the Apostles; He 
prays for all believers. He prays for Himself in verses 
1 through 5. He lifted up His eyes to heaven and ad- 
dressed God as Father. The intimate Father-Son 
relationship is seen here and elsewhere in His prayers. 
It was climaxed in what has been called the perfect 
prayer, on the cross. There He prayed in perfect 
trust and confidence, "Father, into Thy hands I com- 
mend My spirit." He is referring to this event of the 
next day when He said, "Father, the hour is come." 

Someone has said that God never answers a sel- 
fish prayer. Yet we should pray for ourselves. That 
sounds selfish. But there is a difference in praying 
for SELF and praying a SELFISH prayer. The Scrip- 
tures plainly show us that it is proper to pray for 
SELF. The blind beggar received his sight when he 
cried out for self in the words, "Jesus, thou Son of 
David, have mercy on me." The poor publican went 
down to his house justified, when he prayed for self 
in the words, "God he merciful to me, a sinner." I 
think it is Selfish Praying when we pray for power 
merely for the prestige it would give to us in the 
eyes of other people. But it is not selfish to pray for 
power when we want to use it for our good, the good 
of others and the glory of God. 

Jesus prayed for self but it was not selfish. He 
prayed, "Glorify thy Son that He may glorify thee and 
give eternal life to others." During His ministry. He 
had much to say about life — eternal everlasting, 



abundant. Eternal life results from knowing God and 
knowing Christ; therefore, the Lord of Prayer prays | 
that we might know God. We can know Him in com- 
munion and friendship and fellowship as we pray 
and we can know Christ and have eternal life by^ 
accepting Him as Lord and Savior. As He gives His 
life on the cross to make possible this life for us, He 
prays, "/ have finished the work thou gavest me to 
do. So glorify me with the glory which I had with 
thee before the world was" (vs. 5) . He was glorified 
on the cross and in His resurrection and ascension. 
Now He is at the right hand of God making inter- 
cession for us (Heb. 7:25). 

Beginning with verse 6, the Lord of prayer speaks 
of "The men which thou gavest me out of the world" 
and in verse 9 He says, "/ pray for them." When He : 
says, "I pray," that does not remind us of a new ex- 
perience in His life. This seventeenth chapter is His: 
longest recorded prayer as far as words are concerned, , 
but Luke 6:12 reminds us of a time when He spent 
all night in prayer. He prayed after His baptism (Luke \ 
3:21); after healing (Luke 5:16); at the Transfigura- 
tion (Luke 9:28ff) ; in the morning (Mark 1:35); in 
Gethsemane (Mark 14:32-42); and on the cross 
(Mark 15:34). When the Apostles heard Him pray 
they said, "Lord, teach us to pray." He taught them 
to pray and He prayed for them and for us. Our Lord ' 
prayed for us. It always brings hope and help, cour- 
age and comfort, to know tha^t someone is praying 
for us. And this seventeenth chapter of John plainly 
tells us that the One who is praying for us is the Lord 
of Prayer. He said in this prayer, "/ pray not for the 
world." This does not indicate that He is not inter- 
ested in the world, for He loved the world so much 
that He gave His life. It does indicate that, here, as 
He finishes the work which the Father gave Him 
to do. He is offering a special prayer for those who 
are to carry on that work after He is gone. 

"/ am no more in the world" (verse 11) is the way 
Jesus expressed the fact that the hour has come for 



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His ascension to the Father. So He malces a special 
prayer for those "Who are to remain in the world. In 
verse 15, we have His words, "/ pray not that thou 
shouldest take them out of this world." I have heard 
people make that prayer for themselves and I have 
reminded them that God still had a work for them 
to do in this world. Paul said, "It is better to depart 
and be with the Lord," but God has a work for me 
to do here. So he was content to stay and write the 
epistles, and start new churches and take the gospel 
to distant places. 

So we have a work in the world, but we are not 
to be of the world in the sense of being worldly or 
evil. And the Lord of Prayer prays (vs. 15) that God 
will keep us from evil. God does not do that by mak- 
ing machines of us. We are free moral agents and 
have the power of choice, but God is on our side. He 
is eager to help us make those decisions that will 
keep us from evil. He provides spiritual blessings that 
will keep us from the evil if we but choose these 
blessings. 

JESUS PRAYS FOR HIS DISCIPLES is the way some 
Bible scholars would classify all of the material of this 
seventeenth chapter after verse 5. Others would divide 
the chapter into these divisions: He prayed for Him- 



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self, chapters 1-5; He prayed for the Apostles, chap- 
ters 6-19; He prayed for His church, chapters 20-26. 
Disciple means learner, so there were disciples in 
that day and there are present-day disciples. So, as 
He prays for His disciples, I like to apply as much 
as possible of this prayer to my life as a present-day 
disciple. Verse 20 plainly tells us that He is praying 
not alone for the early disciples, but for all believers 
who shall follow. "That they all may be one" (vs. 21) 
is repeated in this prayer of our Lord. 

But He did not expect all believers to be alike in 
tastes and experiences. Uniformity in forms of wor- 
ship and church government may not be desirable 
but being one in faith, love and service is desirable. 
We should not confuse uniformity with unity of the 
faith. Believers are to be one in our faith in God 
and the Lord Jesus Christ. This oneness may be made 
perfect (vs. 23) through fellowship with Christ, "/ 
in them" He said. This oneness may be felt day by 
day as He manifests Himself unto us and not unto 
the world (John 14:21-22). 

In the closing verses (24fl) , the Lord of Prayer 
prays that we may be with Him and behold His glory. 
So we join with the hymn writer in saying, "When 
by His grace I shall look on His face, that will be 
glory, be glory for me." 



Evangelism Insfruc+ion 
for February 



THE BIBLE — 
a tool in Evangelism 



Rev. J. R. Black 



TN THE PAST four brief articles, I have been privi- 
leged to write on the subject of Evangelism. I have 
tried to deal primarily with definition, purpose, means 
and methods. Next month, which will be the final ar- 
ticle in the series, we will attempt to sum up what 
has been stated and draw things to a somewhat logi- 
cal conclusion. However, as yet, one other very im- 
portant area has not been touched upon and must 
be dealt with at this time, and this is the Evangelist's 
(personal or "professional") "tool chest," the Bible. 
A man of God once said, "Much division and con- 
fusion in the ranks of the followers of Christ has been 
caused by people who were enthusiastic to win others 
but Who had but sUght knowledge of the Bible." Far 
too often, statements will be made such as, "The Bible 



tells us..." which, upon investigation, one will find 
no such "passages" in the Bible at all. It is the con- 
viction of this pastor that Christians interested in 
winning others to Christ must know their Bible, be 
ever ready AND ABLE to turn to passages needed, 
and be able to read them with clarity and under- 
standing. This cannot be accomplished unless the 
evangelist (teacher or whatever) takes time and effort 
to become more than slightly familiar with the Scrip- 
tures. I do not say one must be a theologian to be a 
soul-winner, but I say he must be able to show what 
GOD says to substantiate personal experiences and 
convictions. 

We can spend a few moments on the value of a 
well-marked Bible. Few, if any, have mastered all that 



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this Book contains, so it is helpful to marlc key 
Scriptures, to make helpful notations in the mar- 
gins, on flyleaf pages, etc. On the inside cover of 
my Bible, I have written several key references. I 
have long since memorized these references, but they 
remain none-the-less for that time when I may "for- 
get" a key passage while leading a seeking sinner 
to Christ. It is far better to SHOW them what God's 
Word says, and rightly interpret it, than to try to im- 
press the unsaved with the vast amount of Scrip- 
ture we can quote. Indeed, the unsaved may rightly 
wonder if the passage is being quoted accurately. 

Space does not permit elaboration at this point, 
but in our attempts to lead a soul to his Saviour, 



remember the Bible carries more weight than "what 
happened to me ..." I do not undervalue good, Chris- 
tian testimony, for this is good and necessary. But 
I refer to one being led astray by waiting for a 
"feeling" when all we need is to recognize that God's 
Word is good, and shows the way of salvation. The 
Bible teaches "it is the power of God unto salvation" 
(Rom. 1:16) and God has promised that His Word 
"...shall not return unto me void" CIsa. 55:11). 

Evangelism — our challenge and our responsibility! 
To be that soul-winner God would have you to be, 
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a work- 
man that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing 
the word of truth" (II Tim. 2:15). 



Topic for February 

BUILDING MY CHURCH — 
through Stewardship of Talents 

Mrs. C. William Cole 



M' 



[AY I ASK YOU a personal question? What talents 
do you have that you can use for the Lord? 
Invariably, we hear, "Oh, I don't have any talents" 
or, "If only I could sing, speak or play an instru- 
ment, I would use those talents for the building of 
my church." 

We are so often misled to believe that the latter 
three talents mentioned are THE talents to promote 
God's work. If we have these special, natural abiUties 
we should, by all means, use them to promote God's 
work. Ephesians 4:11, 12 reads, "And he gave some, 
apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; 
and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting 
of the saints, for the work of the ministry^ for the 
edifying of the body of Christ:" 

I would like to mention talents we all possess only 
to find that, too many times, we are hiding them 
under a bushel. A plant cannot grow without light 
and nourishment and neither will our talents grow 
without spiritual encouragement. 

How much are we cultivating the talent of dependa- 
bility? When you find a dependable person, you will 
find one who will also unfold many other talents. 
Therefore, this is a talent we must nourish, for it 
is a root to many talents. 

Our churches are all looking for dependable work- 
ers. Often a capable, talented Christian cannot be 
used because she (he) has not developed the God- 
given gift of dependability. "For unto whomsoever 
much is given, of him shall be much required" (Luke 
12:48b). Also, in I Corinthians 4:2 we read, "Moreover, 



it is required in stewards that a man be found faith- 
ful." 

If for some reason (not excuse) you cannot teach 
your Sunday School class, or sing in the choir, or 
work in the nursery, help with the W. M. S. project, 
etc., do you let the one in charge know you cannot 
be there? If we treated our wage-earning jobs as we 
do the Lord's work, we'd soon be fired. 

Can the Lord depend on you to be in all of the 
services? An elderly lady was asked, "Grandma, why 
do you go to church both morning and evening and 
to prayer meeting when you can't hear a word that's 
said?" Grandma replied, "'Cause I want the world 
to know whose side I'm on." Whose side are you on? 

Captain Joshua, in his dying exhortation, said, 
"As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." He 
was a strong leader because he showed dependability. 

Being thoughtful is also an important talent. How 
many times do we take a few moments to call some- 
one on the phone whom God has laid on our hearts? 
How rewarding it is to hear that person say, "You've 
helped me so much." It wasn't necessary to play a 
musical instrument, was it? Just use that instru- 
ment, the telephone, for His glory. 

What about being thoughtful in writing letters 
to our servicemen, our missionaries, or a lonely widow? 
You don't know what to say? Didn't something humor- 
ous happen to you or others? Have you pulled a boner 
lately? How about last Sunday's service, did you re- 
ceive a blessing? Have you had answers to prayer? 
Share these experiences in your letters. You will be 



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developing a talent of stewardship and you will be 
building His Church. 

Today, in the hustle and bustle of life, we're too 
rushed to show appreciation to our Sunday School 
teachers, the choir, the ushers, the flower commit- 
tee, etc. But we aren't too rushed to criticize. No, 
we do not mean to be critical, but we are far from 
being thoughtful. Let us develop this talent for His 
glory. 

Have you ever thought that being a good listener 
is a talent? In our church services, we are so easily 
distracted from the message. A baby cries, or some- 
one has to leave and we look at what's going on. We 
never think of the disturbance we cause for the 
speaker, or more so, the embarrassment caused to 
the mother, knowing that others are looking at her. 
It is so easy to quench the Spirit with our divided 
attention. 

A psychiatrist is trained to listen to his patients 
as though he has never heard their problems before. 
It may be that many professing Christians do not 
want to go calling because they do not want to listen 
to the problems of others. 

How are we in listening to what our Lord has to say? 
An evangelist once said, "We take time to sing praises, 
to pray and listen to the preacher, but we do not 
have an open ear to listen to what the Lord has to 
say." 

Our Lord's ear is always open and ready to listen 
to us. He wants us to intercede for others, to listen 
so He can talk to us and therefore teach us to grow 
in spiritual depth. The closer we get to Him, the bet- 
ter pillars we become in the building of His Church. 

The last talent I would like to mention is a pleasant 
smile. Many a person has been won to the Lord through 
a Christian's sunny disposition. 

A recent survey, from among 12,000 supermarket 



customers, concluded that a smiling clerk means more 
than low prices. Why can't a smile be used to help 
the weary traveler, the brokenhearted, the wanderer 
away from God find rest for their souls in our Breth- 
ren churches? We can be stewards with this talent. 

A mother stopped at a filling station and there, saw 
in another car, a young man in an Army uniform. 
She immediately went to tell him she, too, had a boy 
in the service, stationed in Viet Nam. To her great 
surprise, this young soldier had just come from Viet 
Nam three days previous and knew her son. Bill. 
He remarked, "We've nicknamed your son 'the inhu- 
man one.' Why? Because no matter how rough and 
dark things get he always sees the good side and that 
isn't human,'' was his explanation. This may be so 
to one without Christ, but the Christian should see 
Christ in everything. 

Is it any wonder that this Christian serviceman 
was instrumental in winning a soldier buddy to Christ? 

Let us use that "supermarket smile" to win cus- 
tomers for Christ and thus build our church. 

Now, in summary, we ask how we can develop these 
talents of dependability, thoughtfulness, a pleasant 
smile and being a good listener? First, we should 
examine ourselves and ask, "Do I really have the joy 
of Christ in my heart?" The world can give laughter 
and happiness, but Jesus is the only One who can 
give joy. An honest outward expression must come 
from within. If you realize you fall short of these 
talents, it could be due to your lack of Christian con- 
cern for the lost. We aren't taking the opportunity to 
serve Him seriously. Treat each day as though it was 
your last day to live. Work each day as though it 
was your last day to work for Him and as though 
you are the only one Christ has to do His work. With 
that thought in our hearts, we will truly be building 
our church through stewardship of talents. 



Spiritual Meditations 



Dyoll Belote 



WHO SUSTAINS, CHERITH OK GOD? 

"/ will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence 
Cometh my help" (Ps. 121:1). 

TN A TIME of drought and famine, God promised 
-'■ Elijah water to drink from the brook Cherith. Trust- 
ing God, Elijah betook himself at once to the brook. 
For many days the brook served to meet Elijah's 
needs, but finally the brook, too, succumbed to the 
drought, and failed to flow. 

Now, if the brook had not ceased to flow, Elijah 
would have come to trust in the brook to meet his 
need instead of relying upon God. But Elijah came 
to understand to Cherith that it was not the brook 



that sustained him, but God who made the brook. 

There is danger in the day in which we live that 
we shall come to the place where we need the les- 
son of God's providence brought home to us anew. 
Man has come to put his trust in the machines he 
has made, and the power he has learned to release 
through nuclear fission. 

We sometimes forget whence all power springs. 
We build us guns, and super-dreadnaughts, and sub- 
marines and jets, and construct radar screens, and 
flame throwers. The world is committing itself to the 
exercise of worldly power to insure its physical safety. 
But it seems to me that I hear the echo of a declara- 
tion by the Savior, "All power is given to ME. . ." And 
this does not mean all spiritual power only. He, who 
collaborated with the Father in the creation of the 
universe^ has not lost or repudiated that power. 

And God has vouchsafed that power to the blessing 
of men if they will love and obey Him. From whence 
cometh THY help? The Psalmist said, "My help com- 
eth from the Lord, who made heaven and earth." 



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Great Men of the Bible: 



SAMSON 



by George Schuster 



SAMSON WAS THE SON of Manoah, of Zorah, in 
the tribe of Dan, whose toirth was foretold to 
his parents by an angel of the Lord, accompanied 
with the announcement that he was to be a Nazarite 
from his nativity (Judg. 13:2-5, 24). 
PERSONAL HISTORY— 

Samson grew up under special influences of the 
Spirit of God, and at last was impelled to commence 
the conflict with the Philistines, which only termi- 
nated with his death. 

When he was about twenty years old, Samson saw 
at Timnath, a daughter of the Philistines, who was 
pleasing to him, and on his return asked his parents 
to take her for him as a wife. They were opposed to 
such a marriage, but Samson persisted, being con- 
vinced that it -would in some way aid him in visit- 
ing vengeance upon the Philistines. 

On his first visit to his future bride, he slew a lion 
with his hands, and when he went to espouse her, 
he found the skeleton occupied by a swarm of bees. 
At the wedding feast he proposed a riddle as was 
the custom of the day in furnishing some entertain- 
ment for the guests. Unable to solve it, they urged 
his wife to secure the answer from him and inform 
them. He yielded, but, seized with indignation, went 
to Ashkelon, slew thirty Philistines, and gave the 
change of garments to those who had solved the 
riddle. He returned to his father's house, and his wife 
was given to his companion (Judg. 14:1-20). 

Samson soon after visited his wife, but was re- 
fused admission to her by her father. He interpreted 
the treatment he had received from his father-in- 
law as the effect of the disposition generally of the 
Philistines toward the Israelites, and resolved to 
avenge his wrong upon the whole nation. 

He secured three hundred foxes (jackals) , and by 
tying firebrands to their tails, set fire to the grain 
fields, vineyards, and olive yards of his enemies 
(Judg. 15:1-5). The Philistines retorted by burning 
Samson's wife and father-in-law; and this provoca- 
tion so aroused Samson that he smote them "hip 
and thigh" (i.e., cruel and unsparing slaughter) , af- 
ter which he went down and dwelt in the cleft of 
the rock Etam (Judg. 15:6-8). 



Making a bid for a "strong" start -for the year 1964, 
we herexoith present a well-written article on "SAM- 
SON," by George Schuster of the Trinity Brethren 
Church of Canton, Ohio. Active in national, district 
and local laymen work, George was recently hon- 
ored as the artist of "The Tree of Life" painting which 
loas used in a new Bible study course in his home 
church. 



The Philistines came to avenge themselves, and 
encamped in Judah, and the Judeans, instead of rec- 
ognizing Samson as a deliverer, went to Etam, to 
the number of three thousand, for the purpose of 
binding him and handing him over to their enemies. 
He consented on condition that they themselves would 
not kill him. 

They bound him with two new cords, and brought 
him to Lehi (translated a jaw) and in this apparently 
helpless condition, delivered him to the Philistines. 
When he heard their shouts of joy, his preternatural 
strength suddenly put itself forth, and, snapping the 
cords asunder, he seized upon a fresh jawbone of 
an ass, and smote therewith a thousand men. Cast- 
ing away his weapon, he called the name of the place 
Ramath-lehi (the jawbone height). 

Weary and athirst, Samson, conscious that he was 
fighting for the cause of Jehovah, prayed to the Lord, 
who caused a stream to flow from the rock, which 
Samson called En-hakkore (i.e., the well of him that 
prayed) . Samson drank and was revived again. 

After this, Samson went to the city of Gaza, and 
became intimately acquainted with a woman of loose 
character residing there. His presence being made 
known, the Gazites fastened the city gates, intend- 
ing to kill him in the morning, when, as they sup- 
posed, he would leave the house. But at midnight, 
Samson arose, and breaking away the bolts, bars, 
and hinges, carried the gates to the top of a neigh- 
boring hill looking toward Hebron (Judg. 16:1-3). 
This incident took place aJbout B.C. 1057. 

After this, Samson became infatuated with a wo- 
man of Sorek, named Delilah, through whom the Phil- 



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tstine princes determined to get possession of his 
person. They supposed that his supernatural strength 
arose from an amulet that he wore, and offered to 
Delilah a tempting bribe if she would discover for 
them his secret. She entered into the agreement, and 
used all her arts and cunning ways to persuade Sam- 
son to reveal it to her. He deceived her three times 
by means of false statements, but at last, teased in- 
to compliance, "he told her all his heart," and said, 
"If I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, 
and I shall become weak, and be like any other man." 

Delilah, satisfied that Samson had spoken the truth 
this time, sent word to the Philistines, who came 
bearing the promised reward. Then she made Sam- 
son sleep, his head upon her lap, had his hair cut 
off, and gave the preconcerted signal, "Philistines be 
upon thee, Samson." Forsaken by Jehovah, he fell an 
easy prey to his enemies. 

The Philistines put out Samson's eyes, and led him, 
bound with handcuffs of brass, to Gaza where he 
was made to grind corn in the prison. This was an 
employment usually assigned to women and thus 
was utilized to bring shame and degradation of the 
lowest estate upon Samson. 

The Philistines, for a time, seemed to have paid 
little attention to their prisoner, showing him off 
only at times like a wild beast as a token of their 
victory over him. As they continued their insults 
and injury upon him they neglected to notice that 
his unshorn locks recovered their growth. 

On one occasion, a sacrificial festival to the god 
Dagon, to whom they ascribed the capture of their 
enemy, they 'brought Samson forth from the prison 
that he might make sport for them. At this time, 
the well-known and popular incident occurred in 
which Samson had an attendant at the feast place 
him between two pillars or columns which supported 
the roof of the building. It is recorded that the build- 
ing was filled to capacity with three thousand more 
upon the roof to toehold the scoffing and mockery of 
this captive. 

Showing penitence in his prayer to God, he asked 
for his former strength to be bestowed upon him 
once more, and leaning forward with all the resis- 
tive force and power he could muster, brought down 
the pillars and caused the building to collapse, kill- 
ing himself and thousands at one time; or more 
than he had slain in his whole lifetime. 

His relatives came to Gaza, took away his body, and 
placed it in the burying place of his father, between 
Zorah and Eshtaol. He served Israel as judge for 
twenty years. 

Though a mournful victory, it was still a victory, 
and a pledge to Israel that their temporary back- 
slidings and defeats, if sincerely repented of and im- 
proved, would lead to ultimate triumph. 

The story of the life history of this man Samson, 
listed with other worthy men of God in Hebrews 
11:32, no doubt can furnish a good example to us today 
of events which a man may let take place and which 
mar the record of deeds done well or heroically. 

In Samson the Nazarite, we see a man towering 
in supernatural strength through his firm faith in, 
and confident reliance upon, the gift of God com- 
mitted to him. On the other hand, we see in Sam- 
son an adventurous, foolhardy, passionate, and wilful 



man, dishonoring and frittering away the God-given 
power by making it subservient to his own lusts. 
Note: —SAMSON'S STRENGTH — 

The superhuman strength of Samson did not really 
lie in his hair, tout in the fact of his relation to God 
as a Nazarite, of which his unshorn hair was the 
mark or sign. As soon as he broke away from his 
Nazariteship toy sacrificing his hair, which he wore in 
honor of the Lord, Jehovah departed from him, and 
with Jehovah went his strength. 
OVERTHROW OF DAGON'S TEMPLE — 

"So far as the fact itself is concerned, there is no 
ground for questioning the possitoility of Samson's 
bringing down the whole temple toy pulling down the 
two middle columns... in all protoatoility we have to 
picture this temple of Dagon as resembling the mod- 
ern Turkish kiosks, viz., as consisting of 'spacious hall, 
the roof of which rested in front upon four columns, 
two of them standing at the ends, and two close to- 
gether in the center. Under this hall the leading men 
of the Philistines celebrated a sacrificial meal, while 
the people were assembled upon the top of the roof, 
which was surrounded toy a toallustrade' " (K. and 
D., com. in loc) . 



The general diffusion of the Bitole is the most 
effectual way to civilize and humanize mankind; 
to purify and exalt the general system of puto- 
lic morals; to give efficacy to the just precepts 
of international and municipal law; to enforce 
the observance of prudence, temperance, justice 
and fortitude; and to improve all the relations of 
social and domestic life. 

— Chancellor Kent 



RRST ROUND-UP 



HERE ARE THE first figures for the 1963-64 mem- 
bership in the National Laymen's Organization 
as of November 24, 1963: 



Ashland ( Garber ) — 15 
Gratis — 23 
Dayton — 23 
Louisville — 16 
Smithville— 14 
North Georgetown — 11 
Akron — 18 
Johnstown II — 17 
Johnstown III — 21 
Meyersdale — 15 
Masontown — 10 
Berlin — 1 
Vinco — 11 
North Liberty — 14 
Huntington — 12 
Denver — 4 



Ardmore — 23 
Goshen — 24 
Nappanee — 54 
Bryan— 16 
Elkhart^l4 
Warsaw — 17 
Milledgeville — 15 
Waterloo— 20 
Lanark — 16 
Oak Hill— 17 
St. James — 15 
Hagerstown — 42 
Washington, D. C— 16 
Maurertown — 33 
Linwood — 14 
Derby — 10 

-571. 



Total memtoership to above date- 

Delbert Mellinger 
Treasurer 



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A NEW DOOR OPENS 

by John D. Rowsey 



LAST WEEK, Mr. Harold Stacey, our radio director, 
received a telepiione call from the office where mail 
is received from our radio programs. The office is a 
mailing address only and so the secretary there has little 
contact with the radio work. "Mr. Stacey," she said 
excitedly, "I don't know what has happened but you'd 
better come over as soon as you can." Questioningly, 
Mr. Stacey answered, "But what has happened?" The 
girl continued, "The letters which you folks have re- 
ceived today, I don't understand what has happened, 
there are so many." Mr. Stacey then explained what 
had happened. 

Testing our Faith 

Really, it started to happen several weeks ago when 
Mr. Stacey called us and asked when we could all get 
together for a chat. Since we were recording at the time, 
we agreed to get together immediately after the record- 
ing session. When he arrived, he explained that the Lord 
seemingly had opened a new door for our programs 
and he wanted to know whether we should enter on faith. 
We had been offered time on Radio Mundo, the most 
powerful station in Buenos Aires; its entire network 
of stations covering Argentina, and its two short wave 
frequencies covering most of South America. The hour 
we had been offered was 9:35 on Sunday evenings, the 
exact same hour in which we have been broadcasting 
from Uruguay for the last ten years, the hour most 
requested in the day and the most expensive. We all 
felt that it indeed was a door opened by the Lord, but 
we realized that our faith had to be large in order to 
go through. Mr. Bill Fasig was leaving the following 
week for a year's furlough; Daniel Masuello, technical 
helper, was in Italy with his parents; Mr. Stacey, him- 
self, would be gone in January for an International Radio 
Congress in Washington, D. C; and the rest of us 
seemed already to have enough work. Also, the expense 
would increase our monthly budget many times over. 
We decided that if the Lord had opened the door. He 
would supply us with our needs. 

Preparing for Expansion 

Mr. Stacey began to write various churches through- 
out the country asking for their support since the pro- 



gram would be coming from their own local station as 
a part of the network. The telegrams began coming back: 
"Praise the Lord, we will do our share." "The churches 
here will back you, first payment being sent by letter." 
Etc. Now, our part was to get local churches to back 
the cost of the master program in Buenos Aires; this 
work is still going on but we have confidence in the 
Lord that with His help the money will be raised. 

While Mr. Stacey was working on the financial ar- 
rangements, we, at the studio, began the preparations 
here. Due to technical reasons, the network had to be 
supplied with a copy for each station. These tapes had 
to be made three copies at a time, checked, packed with 
a written copy of the program and message, and mailed 
in time for the first program. The control equipment had 
little time to cool ofif during these days but at last ev- 
erything was sent out by everybody helping. I'll remem- 
ber that last night for a long time; Rob Byler in the 
shop pasting final labels on tapes, my wife cutting sten- 
cils with the messages, Rob running up to run them/ 
off, while I checked the final copies. 

Beginning tlie Harvest 

The first program went on the air December 1, 1963. 
We, in Buenos Aires, tuned in at the studio with some 
of the young people from the church seated with us, 
after having had a prayer meeting following the eve- 
ning worship service for those who might be listening 
to the program. It gives one a very humble feeling when 
you think of all those who may be hearing the gospel 
for the first time and thinking back on all who worked 
to prepare programs and all who have given so that 
we could be here and have the equipment necessary 
to produce these programs. 

Then the letters began to arrive; from Chile, from 
Paraguay, from Uruguay, and all parts of Argentina. 
Now the work begins of sending out New Testaments, 
putting these people in touch with local churches, fol- 
lowing up with Christian literature. We, here, join with 
you in praising the Lord for His goodness; may He con- 
tinue to bless this work for His glory and for the new 
souls for Him. 




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INCREASING 



OUR 



OUTREACH 



To GIVE SOME IDEA of the increase in our broad- 
casting outreach made possible by these new ac- 
quisitions, consult the accompanying map indicating sta- 
tion locations, and the stations before and after pur- 
chasing the network. 



Stations BEFORE adding- network 

Rio Gallegos, Santa Cruz 
Neuquen, Neuquen 
La Rioja, La Rioja 
Catamarca, Catamarca 
Salta, Salta 
Tucuman, Tucuman 

(15 minutes edition) 
Colonia, Uruguay 5,000 watts 

(Weekly tape to England to copy for stations beaming 

into Spain) 

Stations ADDED by purchasing the network: 

Buenos Aires 110,000 watts 



5,000 watts 
1,000 watts 
5,000 watts 

5,000 watts (Tuesdays) 
5,000 watts 
10,000 watts 



Buenos Aires 15,000 watts 

(short wave 9.66 mc) 
Buenos Aires 10,000 watts 

(short wave 6.12 mc) 
Buenos Aires 10,000 watts 

(short wave 9.712 mc) 
Catamarca, Catamarca 5,000 watts 

(change to Sunday evening) 
Tucuman, Tucuman 10,000 watts 

(time increased to 25 minutes) 



Comodoro Rivadavia 


5,000 watts 


Bahia Blanca, Bs. As. 


10,000 watts 


Mar del Plata, Bs. As. 


5,000 watts 


Rosario, Santa Fe 


10,000 watts 


Mendoza, Mendoza 


10,000 watts 


San Luis, San Luis 


5,000 watts 


San Juan, San Juan 


15,000 watts 


Cordoba, Cordoba 


10,000 watts 


Jujuy, Jujuy 


3,000 watts 


Resistencia, Chaco 


5,000 watts 



Page Twenty 



The Brethren Evangelist i 



Progress Reports 
from 
Brethren Churches 



ILLUSTRATES 
BIBLE LECTURE SERIES 



On the evening of October 27, Fall Communion) 
was held to round out this week of spiritual refresh-,- 
ment in our church. 




Canton Repository Photo 

PICTURED HERE is a painting by George Schuster 
(left) , Chairman of The Brethren Evangelist Pro- 
motion Committee. "Tree of Life" describes the paint- 
ing which was painted for use in the opening session 
of the church's lecture series on Genesis. Pictured to 
the right of the painting is the Rev. Keith Bennett, 
pastor of the Trinity Brethren Church in Canton, Ohio. 
This picture, along with an article, appeared in the 
Canton Repository and in the Sohio News publica- 
tions. 



NORTH GEORGETOWN. OHIO 

FALL EVANGELISTIC SERVICES were held in the 
North Georgetown church, October 21-27 with 
Rev. Robert Hoffman as the evangelist. The meet- 
ings were well attended with an average of 63 in each 
of the seven meetings. Two young married couples 
made their decisions to unite with our congrega- 
tion and are looking forward to baptism and mem- 
bership. 

This was a time of spiritual uplifting for the con- 
gregation. Rev. Hoffman's messages were challenging 
and inspiring. We continue to thank God for Brother 
Hoffman's energies spent here and in his own min- 
istry in Meyersdale. 



A 



'SETTING APART" SERVICE 

for 
REV. R. GLEN TRAVER 

New Paris, Indiana 



ON SUNDAY EVENING, December 8, Rev. Glen i 
Traver, pastor of the First Brethren Church, 
New Paris, Indiana, was "set apart" as a minister ■ 
in the Brethren Church. The Indiana Board of Evan- 
gelists recognized the previous ordination of Rev. 
Traver and therefore used this method in setting 
him aside into the eldership of the Brethren Church. 
Following is the order of service: 

Prelude Medley of hymns - 

I he Invocation Rev. Smith Rose 

Hymn ."Breathe On Me, Breath of God" 

Action of Church for Ordination . . . .Mr. Chet Smoker 
Action of the Ministerial Examining Board . . Rev. Rose 

Prayer Rev. Wayne Swihart 

The Sermon Rev. J. Milton Bowman 

Vocal Solo Mr. Don McGowen 

Scriptural Charge — 
Questions to the Candidate — 

Charge to the Candidate Rev. Swihart^ 

Setting Apart Prayer and Laying on of Hands — 

Setting Apart as an Elder Rev. Rose 

Declaration of Authority as an Elder . . Rev. Bowman 

Hymn "Lord, Speak To Me" 

The Benediction Rev. Glen Traver 

The Postlude 



MASSILLON, OHIO 

SINCE COMING to Massillon, we have enjoyed ev- 
ery phase of the work. As of October 1, 1962, 
there were nineteen members on the roll; as of this 
date, there are thirty-four members; twenty-nine 
resident and five isolated. The first annual Home- 
coming Day was observed on Sunday, November 18, 
1962; during that day, the church was fully organ- 
ized and the Charter Member Roll was closed. 

During the week of Palm Sunday to Easter (April ; 
7-17), Passion Week services were held with an av- ' 
erage attendance of thirty-two. During the year, 
the average Sunday School attendance for each month 
was greater than the corresponding month of the 
preceding year. Our prospect list continues to grow 
through earnest and faithful visitation work of sev- 
eral good and loyal members. Seventeen members 
completed Leadership Training courses and were given 
proper certificates. The mortgage on the property 
and also the piano mortgage have been paid with 
funds borrowed from the Building Fund. The Building 
Fund will be reimbursed by making monthly pay- 
ments into this fund rather than to the bank (thus 
interest is saved) . The Building Fund has grown 



fanuary 11, 1964 



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jfrom $107.58 to $1,493.31. (Actual cash on hand in the 
Ifund is $613.39.) 

Thirty people observed the Communion service on 
October 27, 1963. At this service, Com.munion trays 
iand the necessary Communion equipment were dedi- 
cated. These were gifts from various members. 

Our second annual Homecoming was observed on 
Sunday, November 7, 1963. This was indeed a day to 
be long remembered by the pastor and wife. Since it 
was our Golden Wedding Anniversary, the program 
committee planned many surprises. Our son, Gil, 
preached at 10:30; Myron preached at 2:30 and again 
at 7:30. From 4 to 6 in the afternoon, a Golden Wed- 
ding reception was the order. Visitors were present 
from Akron, Ashland, Canton, Smithville and other 
places. We thank you, one and all, for the gifts and 
cards which represented the breadth of the United 
States from Maryland to California. 

Monday night, November 18, Rev. George Solomon 
began a week of revival services. The sermons were 
expository in composition, inspiring in delivery, and 
greatly challenging, vitalizing and motivating. The 
impact of Brother Solomon's presence and ministry 
(good preaching, good fellowship, good visitation) 
will never be erased from the church nor the com- 
munity. Thank you. Brother Solomon, for a good 
work well done! 

During October, the church permitted me to go 
to Carleton, Nebraska, to hold a Bible Conference. 
Rev. Sylva Flora is the pastor, and we found him 
to be concerned for the welfare of the Carleton Breth- 
ren Church. In company with him and others, we 
made more than fifty calls during the week. It was 
inspiring to preach to such attentive people. Sunday, 
October 20, the conference closed with observance 
of the threefold Communion service as our Lord in- 
stituted it. We enjoyed the privilege of staying in the 
home of Brother and Sister Brinegar (a Deacon and 
Deaconess in the Carleton church) . With the rally- 
ing of the membership, a great work can yet be done 
in Carleton. We pray for an outpouring of rich bless- 
ings of God upon them to His glory. 

The Massillon Brethren Church is going forward. 
We expect to begin the erection of a church edificg 
in the spring of 1964. Contributions have been received 
from various churches and individuals in the Brother- 
hood. We covet your prayers. 

Come and visit us whenever possible. 

J. G. Dodds, Pastor 



SOUTH BEND, INDIANA 




nPHE WOMAN'S MISSIONARY SOCIEIY of The 
1 First Brethren Church in South Bend, Indiana, 
has started a project which we think might interest 
other churches. We plan to continue this project at 
the Christmas Season each year. 

Starting the first of December, we placed a large 
Christmas Card in the foyer of the Church on Sun- 
day mornings. We call it our "Congregational Christ- 
mas Card." We have suggested that you give your 
holiday greetings to your friends in the church, as 
you see them, and donate the money that you would 
spend on cards and postage to the project. Money 
given will go to the church to help .balance our budget. 

The beautiful Christmas card pictured here was 
designed and made for us by Mr. Harold Haenes. 
Mr. Jack Pullin made the enclosed photo for us. 

Mrs. Ried Thompson 



CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP 
IN COMMUNISTIC GARMENTS 



NEARLY TWO THOUSAND 
YEARS AGO the Lord Jesus 
Christ gave to His Church the great 
commission, "Go ye therefore, and 
teach all nations, baptising them, 
in the name of the Father, and of 
the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 



by Rev. William Skeldon 



Teaching them to observe all things 
whatsoever I have commanded you: 
and lo, I am with you alway, even 
unto the end of the world." 

How well has the church carried 
out this commission of the Master? 
As a result of the testimony, 



prayers, tears, and blood of the 
Church, today's statistics indicate 
that about one-third of the world's 
population has heard the name 
of Jesus and know a little some- 
thing of His life. This figure in- 
cludes Catholic as well as all de- 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



nominations and cults which come 
under the general heading of 
"Protestant." 

In 1903, Lenin established Bol- 
shevism with 17 supporters and in 
1917 conquered Russia with only 
40,000 supporters. Today, Lenin's 
followers, The Communist Party, 
boast that approximately one-bil- 
lion people, or more than one-third 
of the world's population, are un- 
der the iron heel of Communism. 

To the serious-minded, sincere 
Christian, comparison of these sta- 
tistics result in mixed feelings of 
alarm, grief, and bewilderment. 
Alarm at what the next forty years 
might bring forth. Grief, in that 
an increasing number of souls are 
living and dying under the in- 
fluence of a ruthless, atheistic phi- 
losophy. Bewilderment, that Chris- 
tianity with all of the power of 
an omnipotent God at its disposal 
should be faltering in the greatest 
struggle the world has ever known. 
Wherein lies the difficulty? 

One might suggest a number of 
reasons for the successful expan- 
sion of Communism. We could 
point to the superb structure of 
Communistic organization as the 
source of its strength. It could be 
suggested that the promise of 
Utopia, or heaven on earth has a 
tremendous universal appeal to the 
down-trodden of the world. Another 
factor is the mighty military ma- 
chine which supports Communism. 
Still another might suggest that 
the deceitful methods of Commun- 
ism provide its followers with a 
distinct advantage over the Chris- 
tians who professedly hold to a 
code of love, honesty, and decency. 

Undoubtedly, all of these factors 
contribute to the success of the 
"Red Menace." But, as Christians, 
it behooves us to look still farther 
to the principle underlying these 
factors, for it is strangely familiar 
in tone. The truth is that the 
Communists have been able to en- 
gulf one-third of the world's peo- 
ple through the application of the 
basic principle of Christian dis- 
cipleship which they have con- 
verted and perverted — perverted 
for their own purposes. The Com- 
munists have taken this principle 
and dressed it in "Red" clothing. 

Jesus set forth this principle 
when He said, "// any man will 
co7ne after me, let him deny him- 
self, and take up his cross daily 
and follow me." The New Testa- 



ment Church took this invitation 
to discipleship seriously and, in a 
relatively short period of time, 
made its influence felt throughout 
the then-known world. The impli- 
cations of discipleship as set forth 
by the Master are broad in scope, 
far-reaching in their effects upon 
lives, and devastating to all oppos- 
ing forces. Jesus never campaigned 
for disciples on any terms short 
of total self-denial, absolute obe- 
dience, and complete surrender of 
the individual's life. 

The astonishing thing is that the 
Communists have borrowed this 
principle of Christian discipleship 
and practiced it, within the scope 
of Communism, to a greater ex- 
tent than the modern-day Chris- 
tian Church has been willing to 
practice it. Hence, while the Church 
of Jesus Christ continues to struggle 
along, it finds itself being encircled 
by a deadly enemy who is intent 
on destroying it. In effect the Com- 
munists say, "If any man will fol- 
low us, let him deny himself, take 
up his appointed duties and follow 
the Communist Party line!" 

J. Edgar Hoover in his book, 
"Masters of Deceit," has this to 
say regarding the devotion of the 
Communist: "The Party is the most 
important force in their lives. If 
anybody joins the Communist 
Party expecting to lead an easy 
life — perhaps read Marx and Engels, 
buy some literature, and not ex- 
ert much effort — he is completely 
misguided. Party work is hard, 
tough work and the Party is a 
ruthless taskmaster. The member 
is always on the run, doing this 
and that. He has no spare time, 
energy, or money for himself. His 
whole life becomes dominated. The 
Party is his school, source of friends, 
and recreation, his substitute for 



God. Communism wants the total 
man, hence it is ioiaZitarian." 

Even as Communism is totali- 
tarian in that it claims the total i 
man, so is Christianity totalitarian , 
in that its followers, according to 
Jesus, are expected to be dedicated 
one-hundred per cent to the 
spreading of His Gospel. One Party 
spokesman said, "Workers, not 
playboys, are wanted; we must rid 
ourselves of the member who makes 
noises like an eager beaver but 
accomplishes little." Are we being 
uncharitable when we suggest that 
perhaps too many "playboys" have 
infested the Christian ranks and 
have been a hindrance rather than 
a help to the cause of Christ? 

In the Christian Conservator of 
March 11, 1953, the following ar- 
ticle appeared: "The Communists 
had purchased a church building 
in New York which the Christians 
could no longer afford to keep up. 
Asked why the district had un- 
dergone such a change, a Com- 
munist replied: 'The gospel is a 
much more powerful weapon for 
the renewal of society than is our 
Marxist philosophy, but all the 
same it is we who finally will beat 
you. We are only a handful, and 
you Christians are numbered by the 
millions. But if you remember the 
story of Gideon and his 300 com- 
panions, you will understand why 
I am right. We Communists do not 
play with words. We are realists 
and, seeing that we are determined 
to achieve our objective, we know 
how to obtain the means. Of our 
salaries and wages we keep only 
what is strictly necessary, and give 
up the rest for propaganda pur- 
poses. To this propaganda we also 
consecrate all our free time, and 
holidays. 



The Ohio District Sunday Scliool Board 

is sponsoring the second . . . 

State-wide SUNDAY SCHOOL 
WORKSHOP 

Saturday - February 22, 1964 

Place: Asbury Methodist Church 

(Lincoln at Franklin) 
DELAWARE. OHIO 

Contact your pastor for details 



January 11, 1964 

" 'You, however, give only a little 
time and hardly any money for the 
spreading of the Gospel of Christ. 
How can anyone believe in the 
supreme value of this gospel if you 
do not practice it, if you do not 
spread it, and if you sacrifice neith- 
er time nor money for it? Be- 
lieve me, it is we who will win, for 
we believe in our Communist mes- 
sage and we are ready to sac- 
rifice everything, even our lives, in 
order that social justice shall tri- 
umph. But you people are afraid 
to soil your hands.' — Paix et Lib- 
erte" 

On the basis of the past per- 
formance of Christ's Church, Ni- 
kita Khrushchev has been able to 
make such statements as, "Wheth- 
er you like it or not, history is on 
our side. We will bury you." On 
the basis of the Communist's suc- 
cess thus far, William Z. Foster, 
former National Chairman of the 
Communist Party of the United 
States, stated in 1949, in dedicat- 
ing his book. The Twilight of World 
Capitalism: "To My Great-Grand- 
son Joseph Manley Kolko Who Will 
Live In A Communist United 
States." These statements are not 
the wishful thinking of visionaries. 
They are the predictions of in- 
telligent men who have carefully 
surveyed the over-all picture and 
are framing the future according 
to Christian-Communist patterns 
of the past. 

If this writing appears to be 
a rather harsh indictment of the 
Church of Christ, it is not intended 
to be. Rather, may it be a chal- 
lenge to squarely face the issue, and 
a call to arms for all soldiers of 
the Cross. 

The picture painted here is not 
pleasant to look at. Some would 
say that we cannot deter the in- 
evitable — that it is only a matter 
of time until the entire world is 
under Communistic control. But 
when we come to this conclusion 
we are ruling God out of the pic- 
ture. God is still able to perform 
miracles on behalf of a people who 
are willing to be His people in 
word and in deed. 

This brings us back to the prin- 
ciple of Christian discipleship. "// 
any man will come after me let 
him deny himself, and take up his 
cross daily and follow me." 

We need to remind ourselves that 
the footsteps of Jesus often lead to 



Page Twenty-three 



SARASOTA, FLORIDA 




PICTURED ABOVE are three Boy Scouts receiving 
the God and Country Award. Rev. J. D. Hamel, 
pastor, is presenting the awards to (left and right) 
Dary Yoder, Gary Black and Danny Teat. In the 
background is Mr. Roy Black, Assistant Scout Master, 
with the Scout Master, Mr. Paul Yoder, in the fore- 
ground. 

The American flag in the back was draped in black 
in memory and honor of our late President, Mr. John 
F. Kennedy, who was assassinated two days previous 
to this presentation. 

The photo was taken by Mr. Leon Moore. 



places where we would not go of 
our own volition. The steps of Jesus 
were steps of self-sacrifice, suffer- 
ing, and finally, death on the cross. 
But they were also steps which 
ultimately led to victory. To follow 
in these steps will mean walking 
often in strange and unpleasant 
situations. But we know that we 



are more than conquerors through 
Him who loved us and gave Him- 
self for us. 

Are men willing to give more for 
the cause of godless Communism 
than Christians will give in the 
name of Jesus Christ? We need 
to individually search our hearts 
for the answer. 



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Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: 

"Self-centeredness; Self-complacency" .... 3 
Progress Reports from Brethren Churches . - 4 
The Brethren Layman 

(Program for February) 5 

Spiritual Meditations 6 

Sunday School Lesson Comments 6 

Prayer Meeting Bible Study 7 

The Brethren Youth 8 

Missionary Board 10 

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Daily Devotions — January 22-31 19 

Woman's Missionary Society 21 

Children's Devotions^anuary 22-28 22 



I NOTES and COMMENTS 



SOLOMONS RETURN TO SOUTH AMERICA — 

ON WEDNESDAY, January 8, Rev. and Mrs.' 
Kenneth Solomon and family left Cleveland 
by air to return to Argentina to continue their 
work in our missions there. 

The Solomons have been in the United States > 
for a little over a year and Rev. Solomon has 
been able to visit 98 churches during this time. 
He is to be commended upon his fine presenta- ■ 
tion of the work in South America. 

We pray God's continued blessing upon him i 
and his family as they continue their service for 
God. 

The Aspinalls will join the Solomons within 
a few days in South America. 



"HOW THE BIBLE CAME TO BE" 

YOU WILL FIND on page 12 of this issue of 
The Brethren Evangelist an article entitled "How 
the Bible Came to Be" written by Rev. Jerry 
Flora of Washington, D. C. This is the Bible 
Study for the Sisterhood girls for the month i 
of February, but you will do well by reading it 
regardless of whether you are young or old or a I 
member of the S. M. M. or not. j 

Rev. Flora has done an excellent piece of work 
in outlining this subject in such a short space. 

Don't miss reading this article! 



FAITH AND FIVE DOLLARS — 

"What can faith and five dollars do?" people 
asked when a Presbyterian minister's widow, 
Louise Wotring Lyle, proposed to help the needy 
and sick of Pittsburgh. Mrs. Lyle had only her 
trust in Jesus Christ and her five dollars, but 
in 1893 she rented half of a double house on 
Sherman Avenue, on Pittsburgh's north side, 
and launched a hospital. She was ignored at first, 
then criticized by many leading churchmen. 
There was even a hassle over her naming the 
hospital^ "The Presbyterian Hospital." Some 
thought it degraded Presby terianism ! Louise Lyle 
was concerned only that the poor of Pittsburgh 
should have adequate care in time of illness. 

Thanks to Louise Lyle's "five dollars and faith 
in Almighty God," Presbyterian-University Hos- 
pital and Nursing School today is the leading 
surgical and medical unit of the Medical Center 
hospitals in Pittsburgh. 

William P. Barker in 
Personalities Around Jesus. 
(Fleming H. Revell Company) 



Men cannot be well educated without the 
Bible. It ought, therefore, to hold the chief place 
in every seat of learning throughout Christen- 
dom; and I do not know of a higher service that 
could be rendered to this republic than the 
bringing about of this desirable result. 

— E. Nott 



January 18, 1964 



Page Three 




the 

editor's 

editorial 



THE MESSAGE of the Christian Church is 
Jesus Christ and Him crucified; He is the 
Savior to a lost and dying woi'ld; He died for 
the salvation of the human soul; He arose on 
the third day. Salvation comes through repentance 
and confession; by acceptance of Jesus Christ 
as personal Savior. All will agree to this — in 
principle, that is — but we are so busy with the 
mechanics and methods of presenting this Truth, 
that we fail in reaching those who need it. 

Why? 

There are two reasons. 

First, we are a self-centered people (this in- 
cludes the minister as well). Take a look at the 
Pharisees in Jesus' time (don't condemn them 
yet) ; the same traits can be found in the modern 
Christian. We are not really interested in the 
lost soul; if we were, we would do something 
about it! 

If we were not self-centered, we would see to 
it that the Gospel was being preached to the world 
first, then we would worry about ourselves. In- 
stead, the prevailing system is that the mission- 
ary be sent AFTER the church property is in 
"tiptop" shape; after all "necessary" property 
is purchased for expansion (which in many cases 
is not needed) ; and after a certain amount has 
been set aside for "a rainy day." Some local 
churches have thousands of dollars invested in 
government bonds and other "sound investments" 
and have nothing invested in home and foreign 
mission work; after all, the Missionary Board 
does not pay a high rate of interest. Since we are 
a self-centered people, let's line our own coffers 
first. 

How can the Lord bless such an attitude? 

Pastors are kept so busy pampering the church 
members that he does not have the time to call 
on the unsaved. The Pharisees condemned Jesus 
for this very thing; He visited the house of a 
publican and the Pharisees asked: "Why do ye 
eat and drink with publicans and sinners?" Jesus 
answered: "They that are whole need not a phy- 



Self-centeredness; 
Self-complacency 



sician; but they that are sick." When some peo- 
ple become members of a church, they feel they 
have a right to demand that the pastor call each 
week upon them, and if he does not call he is 
criticized. Really, his time could be better spent 
in calling upon the unsaved! 

A pastor once had spent many hours explaining 
the way of salvation to a woman of the community 
who was noted for her sinfulness. The woman be- 
came a Christian through the efforts of the pas- 
tor and other dedicated members of the church. 
Upon being converted and becoming a member 
of the church, she began to sing in the choir. 
One of the ladies criticized by saying that it was 
bad enough in having the woman as a member of 
the church, much less singing in the choir. This 
is being self-centered! 

Much more could be written on this subject; 
but most of us are so diseased with "self" that 
we cannot see the folly of it all. 

The second reason is self-complacency. We are 
so satisfied with the present "set-up" that we will 
not even lend a sympathetic ear to something 
new. We are so happy in our own little gi'oup, 
that we refuse to cooperate with those who wish 
to expand. We are so thrilled that the Lord has 
saved us that we keep it all to ourselves. 

Or, we do realize that there are millions dying 
without Christ, but that's not our problem; let 
the Missionary Board take care of that; or, let 
the Minister visit the prospect. 

To be sure, we become concerned when our 
religious rights are hampered a little, but we 
do nothing about it. We refuse to voice our opin- 
ion because we might be tagged a "radical." Be- 
sides, what can we do about it? 

We know that there are five candidates in our 
own Brethren Church ready to go to the mis- 
sion field, but no funds are available to send them ; 
so what ? If the Lord wants them to go, He'll send 
them. (And He will, in spite of our complacency.) 

And so, we go on our merry way, taking care 
of ourselves and being satisfied with things as 
they are. It's no wonder we stand still! 

Let us not be guilty of condemning the Phari- 
sees ! Brethren, think ! S. G. 



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Progress Reports 
from 
Brethren Churches 

COLLEGE CORNER. INDIANA 

ONE YEAR HAS PASSED since the College Corner 
church has sent in a report to The Brethren 
Evangelist. It has been a very busy year and one we 
feel in which the church has made great progress 
in many things. We realize there are many things 
we can look forward to accomplishing at a future date. 

The attendance for Sunday School and church ser- 
vices has increased each year for some time. Last 
year's high attendance was Easter Sunday with 165 
present. The yearly average was 109. 

In September, a church picnic and a day of fellow- 
ship was held at the Robert Miller lake, a few miles 
northwest of the church. Nearly one-hundred enjoyed 
the bountiful meal from well-filled baskets especially 
prepared for the day. Three were baptized during 
the afternoon services. 

A social time with games and visiting filled the rest 
of the afternoon. Several went home to do chores, 
but returned to join those who could stay for a weiner 
roast. 

This was followed by a song fest around a large 
bonfire. At the close of the evening, a very inspiring 
candlelight service was held. Several hundreds of 
small candles arranged on small flats were lit and 
set afloat on the lake opposite from where v/e were 
sitting. Our pastor, from across the lake, gave very 
inspirational devotions from Matthew 5:16: "Let your 
light so shine before men that they may see your 
good loorks, and glorify your Father which is in heav- 
en." Some people are like the candles which burned 
brightly until they had burned away. Others shone 
brightly for awhile, but like people, they lost interest 
and the light was gone. Some scarcely burned at all 
and with the slightest breeze, went out. Do we shine 
brightly — or does our light flicker and dim to almost 
nothing when temptations and difficulties arise? 

Rev. Glenn Grumbling sang two beautiful num- 
bers: "Ship Ahoy" and "Sail On" which so well brought 
out the message of this wonderful lesson. As we sat 
in the darkness of the early evening and listened to 
the message from this portion of God's Word and the 
wonderful words of the songs, we couldn't help but 
feel close to God and feel a great need of Him. The 
day so much enjoyed by all clearly reminded us of the 
many blessings He bestows upon us. 

October found us in a revival meeting with Rev. 
Herbert Gilmer as our evangelist. One week of the 
meeting preceded Homecoming Sunday, with the sec- 
ond week following. Rev. Gilmer brought the morn- 
ing and afternoon messages on Homecoming Day. 



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The meetings were well attended. Each evening^ Rev. 
Gilmer had a special message for the children through 
an object lesson or a film. The older children seemed 
to enjoy these just as much as the little folks! There 
were a large number of rededications, nine first-time 
confessions, one coming by letter, and one for re- 
baptism. We know we will continue to reap many 
blessings from this revival. 

During the past year, Mr. and Mrs. Fredrick Snyder 
were ordained as deacon and deaconess. One new 
class of the youngest married people was organized i 
and is fast becoming one of the largest classes. There 
was one summer wedding: Miss Joyce Stout, a mem- 
ber of the church, was united in marriage to Mr. Tom 
Willcox of Urbana, Indiana. We are happy to have 
them in our services. 

We regret to report the loss of three of our long-time 
members by death. They were Mr. Clifford Stout, Mr. 
Carl Boone and Mrs. Blanche Kurts. We truly miss 
those who were faithful for so many years. 

Everyone rejoiced to have one of our fine young ' 
men decide to give his life to the ministry of God's 
work. Mr. Mark Barnett accepted the call and is at- 
tending Moody Bible Institute. During a three-day 
meeting he had in the Peru church this fall, three 
young people, who had attended the College Corner 
church, went forward. They have been baptized by 
Rev. Grumbling and two have placed their mem- 
bership with us. We are glad for Mark and his choice 
and for his family. 

During a recent business meeting, plans were made 
to set up a church library. We hope to encourage 
better reading by making available worthwhile mate- 
rials to be read. At this same meeting, it was decided 
to start a ministerial student aid fund for any fu- 
ture member who plans to enter Ashland College and 
Seminary to become a missionary or minister. We 
pray and hope that this fund will encourage others' 
and will be a help in the furthering of His kingdom. 

Mr. and Mrs. Snyder and Mrs. Harold Barnett ac- 
companied some of the young people on a trip to Lost 
Creek, Kentucky, during Teacher's Institute. While 
they were there, they painted the church building 
moved there this summer to be used as a boys' dor- 
mitory. The young people are active and working. 

Several families are leaving soon to spend the win- 
ter months in Florida and we will be sharing them 
with the Sarasota church. They will be missed while 
they are away. 

Among the newest little prospective members are: 
Cheryl Ann, born to Rev. and Mrs. Glenn Grumbling; 
Diane Lee, born to Mr. and Mrs. David Stout; Paula, 
born to Mr. and Mrs. Roger Gentry; Carol Diane, born 
to Mr. and Mrs. Basil Azbell; and Monty, born to 
Mr. and Mrs. James Larimore. The stork is likely to 
bring two more prospects most any day! 

We have continued having family night each third 
Sunday evening. As one good result, the laymen have 
organized and have their meeting on this date. All 
seem to enjoy this type of service. 

It is time to close for this report. Greetings to all 
the Brethren people wherever you are. 

Edna Hood 
Secretary 



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Laymen's 

Meeting 

James E. Norrls 



Program for February, 1964 



Topic: LOVE TO CHRIST 



'. . . / am ready not to he hound only, but also to 
lie at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus" 
(Acts 21:13). 

Introduction : This text reveals the secret of the 
matchless success of the life of Paul. The Lord 
Jesus had Paul's whole heart. There have been 
many great men in the history of the Church of 
Jesus Christ; some we know and some we do not 
know, but we shall know some day. A man may 
have many gifts, but if he has not the love of Christ 
in his heart, he is, after all, nothing. A great love 
for Christ is what each of us needs today, but there 
is a great lack because too many men and women 
are church members only. They have been called 
"nominal Christians." 
Topics for Discussion: 
What love for Christ will lead to. 
1. Obedience to Christ. John 14:15; 21-23. 
To one who loves Jesus, the words of Jesus will be 
his most precious treasure. The one who loves the 
Lord Jesus will study and read constantly to dis- 
cover more and more what the will of Jesus is. 



2. Purity. Matthew 5:8. 

Jesus is the Holy One of God. He is infinitely pure. 
He hates sin; He hates sin in our lives; He hates sin 
in our hearts. If we love Him, we will wish to please 
Him. 

3. Communion with Jesus. 

We always delight in communion with those we 
love (Acts 4:13; Matthew 18:20). 

4. Love to Christ will lead us to sacrifice for Him. 
Listen to the catalogue that Paul gladly bore for 
Christ (II Cor. 11:24-27). If we love Jesus, we will 
proclaim Him. 

5. We learn to love Christ by dwelling upon His 
love for us. 

Read and discuss: I John 4:15-19. The way to learn 
to love Him is to learn to know Him. 

6. It is the Holy Spirit that teaches us to love Je- 
sus (John 14:23-27; John 15:26, 27). Discuss. 

7. Man's love for Christ. This love is based on faith 
(I Peter 1:18); based on service (John 21:16); based 
on fellowship (Eph. 5:2). 

Read Acts 21:13. 



NEWS FROM LOCAL 

LAYMAN ORGANIZATIONS 

GRATIS. OHIO 

Greetings From Gratis Brethren Laymen. 
Dear Brother Floyd: 

It's never too early to start meeting the 1963-1964 
goals. In fact, if goal number 1 is to be met, an early 
start is very imperative. Gratis has successfully met 
this goal again this year. We hope that every local 
organization was also successful concerning this goal. 
If this is so, then we should be stronger this year as 
a national laymen's organization. This would also 
tend to make competition greater in seeing which 
local can attain the highest percent for the year. 



This is a definite challenge to any and all local lay- 
men's groups. 

We, at Gratis, are also happy to report that by 
increasing our paid membership we have already 
attained goal number 2. Last year, we had 19 mem- 
bers; this year, we have 24; an increase of approxi- 
mately 25 percent. Since our goals are set up on a 
possible 100 point system, the meeting of goals one 
and two gives us 25 points, which means we have 
one fourth of the attainment already safely tucked 
away. 

We are progressing each month on goal three. We 
have a meeting the second Wednesday night of each 
month. We feel that these meetings are a must if 
our organization is to grow spiritually. This news 
letter also helps in fulfilling goal three. 

We are continuing the sponsoring of the Boys' 



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Brotherhood organization. This is the Junior group. 
We are hoping that soon there will be enough in- 
terest that a Senior group will also be evident. The 
Boys' Brotherhood is a definite responsibility of lay- 
men, and one that all churches should consider. 
Where will our laymen organization be in later years 
if we neglect the boys now? This is a readymade 
feeder group to go from Boys' Brotherhood into Lay- 
men's organization. 

We have accomphshed two local projects here at 
Gratis. The first was the cleaning out of the garage 
and general cleaning of the parsonage grounds. This 
was accomplished before our present pastor, Thomas 
Schultz, moved in. Rev. Schultz is very active in all 
organizations, a tireless worker, and has accomplished 
much in our church. The second project was the 
trimming and moving of shrubs around the church 
building. The contractor paid us for this work so 
this wouldn't hold him up in his decorating. The out- 
side of the church has been redecorated and the 
appearance is certainly changed. 

It's very enjoyable to read the news letter and ar- 
ticles sent in by various individuals and organizations. 
Let's get behind the laymen groups with our prayers, 
our attitudes, our endeavors, and our witnessing to 
make a greater spiritual organization. . 

In Christian Love and Service, 

Virgil L. Barnhart 

Gratis First Brethren Church 



FRIEND ROYCE GATES sent ye ed a unique program 
of the Akron Brethren laymen's Date Night af- 
fair which was held November 9 at the New Frontier 
Restaurant in Hartville, Ohio. (I didn't realize how 
deeply the Kennedy family had penetrated into our 
lives.) The afore-mentioned Date Night looks like it 
was fun; involved were Russ Black, Bob Sullivan, 
Rev. Jim Black, Rev. Charles Munson and Royce. 
Come again, Firestone Park. 



T^KE ORGANIZATIONAL meeting of the North 
1 Georgetown Brethren Church Laymen was held 

at the Rev. Jerald Radcliff residence on September 

24, 1963 at 8 P.M. The following men were present: 

Rev. Jerald Radcliff, Wilfred Mercer, Charles Stofler, 

Forrest Albright, David Showdeen, David Albright, 

Carroll Hieronimus, Terry McLaughlin and Dwain 

Heastand. 
A business meeting was held with an election of 

officers as follows: 

President — Forrest Albright, 745 E. Bayton St., Al- 
liance, Ohio 

Vice President — Wilfred Mercer, Rt. 1, Homeworth, 
Ohio 

Secretary-Treasurer — David Showdeen, Rt. 2, Salem, 
Ohio 

Ass't. Secretary-Treasurer — Carroll Hieronimus, Rt. 2, 
Salem, Ohio 

Corresponding Secretary — Terry McLaughlin, 179 Sharp 
St., Salem, Ohio 

Following the business meeting, pie and homemade 



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ice cream were served by the pastor and his wife. 

On October 8 at 7:30 P.M., our second meeting: 
was held at the Forrest Albright's residence. The de- 
votions were given by the previous host, Jerald Rad- 
cliff and a business meeting was held to decide what 
the monthly meetings would include. 

It was agreed to help the National Laymen's Proj- 
ects and it was decided to improve the song racks 
and books as a home project. 






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Spiritual Meditations 



Dyoll Belote 



A LOST OPPORTUNITy 

"He that converteth a sinner from the error of 
his way shall save a soul from death^ and shall cover 
a multitude of sins" (James 5:20 ASV). 

THE STORY COMES from the life of Frances Rid- 
ley Havergal, that in her earlier years she had 
a class of girls who came to her for singing lessons. 
Sometimes she would walk a ways down the street 
with some of them. It was her custom to seek al- 
ways to have a smile and a kind word for each of them. ' 

It happened a few years later that one of her pupils 
was ill, and Miss Havergal visited her. As Miss Haver- ; 
gal sat by her friend's bedside, they came to talk- : 
ing about the "student days," and the young woman 
said she had often wished that Miss Havergal had ' 
talked to her about Jesus. But, said the former pupil, 
"God used other means to bring me to Him; but, 
oh. Miss Frances, I ought to have been yours!" 

The admission of her friend of having yearned 
for the word of Christian concern for her soul on 
the part of Miss Havergal, stirred and quickened Miss 
Havergal's interest in souls, and from that time 
she became an ardent soul-winner. 

God offers repeated opportunities for us to tell 
others about Jesus and His love for men. We shall 
be better soul-winners if we have ourselves expe- 
rienced the saving love and forgiveness in our own 
lives. We should ask God to give us grace and guid- 
ance that we may improve every opportunity to "speak 
a good word for Jesus Christ." 

Sunday School 

Lesson Comments 

Carl H. Phillips 

Topics copyrighted by the International Council of 
Religious Education. Used by permission. 

Lesson for January 26, 1964 i 

TWO RICH MEN MEET JESUS t 

Text: Mark 10:17-32; Luke 19:1-10 J 

THE EFFECT OF JESUS and His teaching was' 
not the same on every person He met. The grace 
of Jesus is freely offered to everyone without re- 



January 18, 1964 

gard to person. People in every class and station 
are invited. There is no regard given to riches nor 
poverty. There is only regard, on the part of God, 
to those who will come in faith and obedience through 
the blood of Christ. 
JESUS MUST BE FIRST 

As much as the gospel is preached, there are some 
who still feel that there is greater spiritual safety 
in being poor than being rich as though poverty was 
a meritorious condition. From the tenor of the Holy 
Writings, we must conclude that God does not con- 
demn the possession of wealth as something wicked 
in itself. God Himself would then be wicked. So would 
be Job and Abraham. The rich man's difficulty (Mark 
10:17f) was not just that he was rich, but that he 
loved his riches more than he loved being in the 
center of God's will. It is because that Jesus knows 
the heart of so many men that He said "hoiv hard 
it is for those having riches to enter into the king- 
dom of God" (Mark 10:23). One of the most difficult 
things for any rich man to do is to give away all his 
wealth, especially when he is not certain that he will 
ever again have money enough to live on. God does 
not condemn a rich man because he is rich. He is con- 
cerned about how he made his wealth and what he 
will do with it. 

There is a contrast seen in another rich man who 
happened to cross the path of Jesus. Zacchaeus had 
made his wealth in an apparently dishonest way. 
So far as the Roman government was concerned, Zac- 
chaeus was only following the regular policy of graft. 
This man did not seem to think too much of how 
much he was hurting some people. However, after a 
good talk with Jesus, he had a very definite change 
of attitude. Unlike the other rich man, Zacchaeus 
was not only willing to become an honest tax col- 
lector but he went one step further and offered to 
refund money to any who would show that he had 
defrauded them. We notice that Jesus did not de- 
mand this of him but he did it voluntarily. 

Jesus talked very often about men and their wealth. 
We see that what we have, and what we do with it, 
does play a very important part in our spiritual well- 
being. The problem lies in our attitude toward our 
wealth. It can be something that we value more than 
life eternal. It can be a God-given means by which 
everyone's life is enriched. 



Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 



C. Y. Gilmer 



PROCRASTINATION 

"Tomorrow, he promised his conscience, 
Tomorrow I mean to believe, 
Tomorrow I'll think as I ought to, 
Tomorrow my Saviour receive. 

"Tomorrow I'll conquer the habits 
That hold me from Heaven away. 



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But ever his conscience repeated 
One word, and one only, 'Today.' 

"Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow — 
Thus day after day it went on. 
Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow, 
'Till youth like a vision was gone. 

" 'Till age in his passions had written 
The message of fate on his brow. 
And forth from the shadows of Death 
With a pitiless syllable — Now." 

LINGERING is the way of doom and of failure 
(Gen. 19:16). Lot's lingering doomed his home 
and the lives of his loved ones, dragging them into 
the deepest ditch of ruin and defeat (vs. 12-14, 26, 
30). A bad example of lingering in forbidden ter- 
ritory for the sake of covetousness (13:10, 11) will 
influence others to stumble and miss the right way 
(Rom. 14:7). A merciful God sent angels to linger- 
ing Lot to extricate him from the place of wrong 
relations (II Pet. 2:7). For Abraham's sake. Lot was 
spared (Gen. 19:29), but Lot is accountable for his 
lost sons and daughters (Lu. 17:1). 

Neglect works ruin in temporal things but in spir- 
itual things it means the loss of everything (Heb. 
2:3). The unsaved (Eph. 2:12) should ponder the 
question, for what is a human life (Jas. 5:14)? To 
linger is to gamble with Hell (Gen. 6:3). To lose is 
to cost one his soul forever (Heb. 9:27). It is no sign 
of manliness or strength not to fear God (Matt. 10: 
28). To be almost saved is to be yet lost (Mk. 12:34). 
The fear of man (Prov. 29:5) caused Pilate to linger. 
The love of material things caused the young ruler 
to draw back (Mk. 10:22). Because of unlawful af- 
fection, King Agrippa would not give up his sin with 
Bernice (Acts 26:28-30). The fact that most men die 
like they live spikes the prospect of deathbed re- 
pentance (Lu. 12:19, 20). 

"Procrastination is the thief of time; 
Year after year it steals, till all are fled 
And to the mercies of a moment leaves 
The vast concerns of an eternal scene." 
God strives with those who linger because He loves 
them (Rom. 5:8). He is not willing that any should 
be lost (II Pet. 3:9). He would not have Christ die 
in vain (I Pet. 3:18). God wants all to be happy in 
this life (Jn. 8:36) . He wants to make us new creatures 
(Col. 1:13). God strives with souls through preach- 
ing (I Cor. 1:21). He strives for souls through bodily 
affliction (Ps. 119:71). The Holy Spirit convicts of 
the cardinal sin of rejecting Christ (Jn. 16:8, 9). The 
urge to accept Christ does not come from the hu- 
man heart but is the voice of the Spirit (Jer. 17:9). 
But the typical attitude of the sinner is that he wants 
God to let him alone (Jn. 3:20). No calamity could 
be greater than to be abandoned by the Lord (Matt. 
25:41). Like Pilate, one cannot escape judging Christ 
one way or another (Matt. 27:22; Lu. 23:24). The sin 
that leads to Hell is not a positive but a negative one 
(Jn. 3:18, 36; Rev. 20:15; II Thess. 1:8). 

Catch, then oh! catch the transient hour. 

Improve each moment as it flies; 
Life's a short summer — man a flower, 
He dies — alas! how soon he dies. 

Dr. Johnson 



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PAPAGO PARK. ARIZONA 

This year we re-organized our youth group. We 
started by writing a constitution for the Papago Park 
Brethren Youth Crusaders. After accepting the con- 
stitution, we held election of officers. The returns 
were as follows: 

President John Dillon 

V. President Larry Baker 

Secretary Sandi Price 

Ass't. Secretary Paulette Price 

Treasurer Janet Price 

Ass't. (Treasurer Diana Stiffler 

Historian Paulette Price 

Historian is an appointed office by the president. We 
have a fine group of officers working for God's glory. 
In our meetings, we have had panel discussions, 
"Christian Hootenannies," Bible Quizzes and inspiring 
devotional periods. We have had a few planned ac- 
tivities on our calendar and have plans for many 
more. In October, we played volleyball with the Pa- 
pago Peak's Baptist Youth and November second, 
we had a swimming party at the R & G Ranch in 
Phoenix. We also had a Christmas party and caroling. 
We plan a trip to the Snow Bowl above Flagstaff, 
Arizona, for a day of tobogganing in the mountains, 
a hayride in February, a Backward Progressive Din- 
ner and many more volleyball games. Along with the 
Papago Peak's Baptist Youth, we organized a volley- 
ball league in which we have a rotating trophy. 

This brings the Papago Park BYC up to date in 
reporting. 

John Dillon 



On November 29, 30 and December 1, the Papago 
Park Brethren Youth Crusaders and the Tucson 
Brethren Youth Crusaders met at Mountain Meadows 
Ranch above Payson, Arizona, for a wonderful weekend 
retreat of joyful Christian fellowship and fun. There 
was a total of seventeen young people and five adults 
on the retreat. 

Friday afternoon, we divided into three squads which 
competed against each other during the whole re- 
treat. The evening was followed with Vespers and a 
campfire led by Rev. C. A. Stogsdill of Tucson. 



We were up bright and early Saturday for morning 
watch. The morning was composed of breakfast and 
a hike to the top of the Mogollon Rim. After lunch, 
we had an inspiring Bible study led by Lawrence 
Rodes of Papago Park. In the afternoon, we all par- 
ticipated in a scavenger hunt. That night we enjoyed 
Vespers and campfire and the three skits given by 
the three squads. 

Sunday morning, we ate breakfast and packed most 
of our goods in the cars. At 9:30 we held Sunday School 
which was followed by the Worship Service and sent 
it into National Brethren Youth. We ate our last 
meal around 12:30, said our good-byes and headed 
for home. 

John Dillon 

VINCO, PENNSYLVANIA 

The new year has begun and with it Vinco Senior 
BYC has surged ahead. In September we elected 
our officers who are: 

President Bill Parks 

V. President Maxine Bates 

Secretary Nancy Bates 

Treasurer Donna McDowell. 

In October, we had a Halloween Party. For the 
coming year we have planned such things as an ice 
cream and cake social, a moonlight hike in the snow 
and many more. 

Each week we have been having our local Bible 
Quiz. Our average attendance is 21. 

Nancy Bates 




JANUARY PRAYER LIST 

Argentina — new training school 

Youth of our churches 

Kentucky — deeper spiritual awakening of tlie 

people 
Strength and wisdom for local pastors 
Nigeria — continuing outreach to the unsaved 
Students in training at Ashland College and 

Seminary 




January 18, 1964 



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MAURERTOWN. VIRGINIA 

The Maurertown Junior BYC got off to a good start 
for the new year. Under the direction of their new 
sponsor, Mrs. Harold Conner, they have toeen a real 
busy group. 

The boys gathered apples and wood to make apple 
butter. They peeled the apples on peelers and the 
girls carried them to the W. M. S. ladies who removed 
the cores and spots. The next day they started bright 
and early (6 A.M. ) to put the apples on to cook and 
they stirred it until time to take it off the fire (2 P. M.) . 
There was a weary group of boys and girls, but they 
made $140.00 for their treasury. 

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, we enjoyed an 
outing where we had a hike up the mountain and 
went up to a tower that overlooked the beautiful 
Shenandoah Valley. We had a picnic lunch and re- 
turned home tired, but we felt closer to God after 
having spent hours in His wonderful outdoors of turn- 
ing leaves and foliage. 

We had a very nice Halloween Party in the church 
basement. After games, our sponsor served refresh- 
ments. 

For Thanksgiving, we packed two boxes of food and 
delivered them to a needy family in our community. 

We also had a skating party and invited our friends 
to join our fun. A group of 34 had a nice evening 
of exercise and fun. 

We helped an elderly couple of our church rake 
.eaves one Saturday afternoon and it did not take 
ong to get the job done with so many willing workers. 

We had a Christmas Party and also went caroling. 
We have two nursing homes in our community and 
Ne remembered them in some way and also plan to 
jing for them. 

Our new officers are as follows: 

President Connard Helsley 

V. President David Shaver 

Secretary Ann Seal 

Ass't. Secretary Billy Seal 

Treasurer David Shaver 

Ass't. Treasurer Mike Finks 

You can see we have been a busy group and enjoy 
[loing our share of the Lord's work that needs to be 
lione. 

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THE 

BECKONING 

FUTURE 

by Anna Mary Hess 



WITH UNHAPPY FACES, the girls looked at me 
as I walked into the classroom. "We're going 
to run away," they told me. 

"All right," I replied, "I'll run with you. When shall 
we go?" 

"Go home and get some clothes," they said. "We'll 
go as soon as you come back." 

Although the girls were disgruntled and in a slightly 
rebellious mood, they did not really consider running 
away. Too long had they been looking forward to 
this time in their lives. In a few more weeks they 
would have completed a milestone educationally. Each 
of them would be completing her first seven years 
of school and would be receiving her first "school- 
leaving" certificate. Eagerly they were looking for- 
ward to that day, but with great concern, for before 
they receive that all-important certificate, they must 
take very comprehensive tests in all the subjects they 
have had during the last three years in senior pri- 
mary. The tests are not easy, and, like students ev- 
erywhere, these girls will spend the next few weeks 
trying to remember what their teachers have been 
trying to teach them. 

And what will these girls do when the tests are 
over and the certificate is safely and securely in 
their hands? The future for these girls who leave the 
Waka girls' school, and for all other girls in Nigeria 
today, is very promising. Education for Nigerian wo- 
men is one of the prime concerns of the new Nigerian 
government. New schools are being built, and present 
schools expanded. 

The women themselves are eager to take advantage 
of these opportunities. They are not ready to stop 
when they have completed senior primary, but want 
to go on to higher education of some kind. There 
are several possibilities of higher education open 




to them, depending on their ages, their desires and, 
to some extent, of course, their capabilities. 

The younger girls who will be leaving the Waka 
girls' school this year, those who are thirteen or four- 
teen, have the opportunity to enter a secondary 
school. Early in the year those girls who were in- 
terested in entering these schools took the entrance 
tests set by the various secondary schools. What a 
happy day for some of the girls when letters came 
telling them that they had been accepted into the 
school, several into the government secondary school 
at Kano and several into the mission secondary school 
at Waka. 

The years ahead will not be easy for these girls. 
It will mean six years of academic study, much of 
which will be in areas new to them. The' girls who 
will be attending the mission school will find them- 
selves in classroom competition with the boys. It will 
also mean a sacrifice for their parents to pay the fees 
for the next six years. Only their intense interest 



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in higher education and their keen desire in going- 
forward supplies the incentive for them to begin this 
six-year course. 

Other girls, those who are over fourteen years, and 
too old to enter secondary, have taken the entrance 
test set by the teacher training colleges — ^one a gov- 
ernment teacher training college for women at 
Maiduguri and the other, a coeducational teacher 
training college operated by the Church of the Breth- 
ren at Waka. (These colleges are not the equivalent 
of an American College, but more like the former 
academies.) 

Previously, these "colleges" offered a three-year 
course at the completion of which the student re- 
ceived a Grade III teaching certificate entitling her 
to teach in the junior primary schools (grades 1-4) . 
However, in 1962 at Waka and other teacher train- 
ing colleges in the north, the government instituted 
a five-year teacher training course. 

At the completion of three years, tests will be set. 
Those students not qualified to go on will receive a 
Grade III teaching certificate in elementary educa- 
tion as previously and the students who satisfactorily 
complete the tests will be given the opportunity to 
take two more years of schooling, thus fulfilling the 
requirements for a Grade II teaching certificate in 
higher elementary education. This entitles the stu- 
dent to teach in the senior primary schools and in 
the lower grades in secondary. This opportunity is 
open to both men and women. Several of the girls 
who will be leaving the Waka girls' school this year 
have been accepted into these teacher training col- 
leges. 

But what about the girls who have not been ac- 
cepted into either secondary or teacher training 
colleges? What does the future hold for them? For 
many there are openings in the nursing profession 
or in mid-wifery education. At present the Church 



of the Brethren mission does not have facilities or 
adequate staff to train nurses. Those entering nurses' 
training do so in government hospitals of other mis- 
sions. A year of practical work in a local hospital 
is usually required before the girls actually enter 
training. For those girls from Waka who will be 
entering nurses' training, practical work will be done 
in the Garkida or Lassa hospitals. 

Still another opportunity open to girls is to take 
a clerical course of one to three years in a govern- 
ment trade school. 

How vast are the opportunities and how different 
the outlook for girls in Nigeria today. As recently 
as fifteen to twenty years ago such was not the case. 
For a father to waste money to send a boy to school 
was bad enough, but to send a girl to school was 
practically unheard of! The few, the very few, who 
did so were considered foolish. 

But how different is the story now! In many of 
the junior primary schools the girls equal, and in some 
cases even outnumber, the boys in their classes. Pre- 
viously, girls were encouraged to come to the Waka 
girls' school which could take only a maximum of 
thirty-one girls. But so great has been the demand 
for girls to enter senior primary that, as teachers 
become available, all the senior primary schools in 
the villages will become coeducational. 

An increasing number of girls are entering the 
teacher training colleges at both the Grade III and 
Grade II level. More and more of the younger girls 
are being accepted into secondary schools. The nurs- 
ing profession, which once was primarily for men, is 
now using many girls. 

In all these areas the women are not only there, 
but they are there, competing with, and in some 
cases surpassing, the men. 

Nigeria is on the move. Nigeria's girls are mov- 
ing with it. 




ONCE AGAIN the Missionary 
Board welcomes George A. 
Leidy to its ranks since his hav- 
ing been elected to the Board in 
August, 1963. Due to the fact this 
loyal worker has also been a mem- 
ber of the Pennsylvania District 
Mission Board, he has considerable 
experience for serving this year 
with the Home Missions Commit- 
tee on the Board. 

At the present time, he is Chair- 
man of the Board of Deacons in 
the Vinco Brethren Church and 



GEORGE A. LEIDY 



an active local layman as well as 
being an active participant in the 
National Laymen's Organization for 
many years. 

He is presently employed by the 
Jackson Township School Board 
and resides near Conemaugh, 
Pennsylvania, with his wife, Mary. 
Their son, Kenneth, lives in Wash- 
ington, D. C. 

Among his interests he mentions 
hunting and traveling^ having vis- 
ited all the 48 states and Canada 
thus far. 




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Devotional Program for February 



SENIOR 

General Theme: "Pattern for Living' 
February Theme: "Marking" 



JUNIOR 

General Theme: "Approved Unto God" 
February Theme: "Naaman's Slave Girl" 



Call to Worship: 

"Make a joyful noise unto God, 
all ye lands: sing forth the hon- 
our of his name: make his praise 
glorious" (Ps. 66:1, 2). 
Song Service: 

"I Want God's Way To Be My 

Way" 
Scripture: I John 2:3-12 
Prayer 

Stewardship Lesson Number 4 
Chorus: 

"I Surrender All" 
Topic : 

Senior — Marking 

Junior — Naaman's Slave Girl 
Chorus : 

"Follow, I Will Follow" 



Bible Study 
Business Meeting: 

Now is the time to begin your 
moneymaking projects for the Na- 
tional Project. This year, our money 
will be given to the Missionary 
Board to use at one of the Home 
Missions. If you read last week's 
The Brethren Evangelist, you saw 
that our money from last year 
bought the heavy furniture for the 
Aspinalls to use in South America. 
Sisterhood is meant to be a mis- 
sionary society and you can get 
your girls interested in missions 
through this project. 

The goals are being discussed in 
the first issue of every month in 



The Brethren Evangelist. Use these 
explanations to help you meet your 
goals. 

Easter will soon be here and I 
would like to see our Sisterhood 
societies doing something meaning- 
ful at this time. You could decorate 
the churchy clean the church, have 
charge of the sunrise service, do- 
nate babysitting services during 
Good Friday Services, or any num- 
ber of worthwhile projects. Use Sis- 
terhood as a channel for serving 
the Lord. 

Hymn: 
"Spirit of Sisterhood" 

S. M. M. Benediction 



READ THE SISTERHOOD PAGE IN THE EVANGELIST EVERY WEEK! 



BIBLE STUDY: 



HOW THE BIBLE CAME TO BE 



Rev. Jerry Flora 



nnHE STORY of how we got our Bible is a fascinat- 
1 ing one, spanning well over one thousand years. 
The Bible is both one book and many books. The 
word "Bible" comes from the Greek word biblia, which 
means little books or booklets. Our Bible, therefore, 
is a collection of little books which, when put to- 
gether, demonstrate amazing unity and coherence. 
Where did these sixty-six books come from? How 
were they assembled into one? It is these questions 
that we will try to answer briefly in this article. 
We are going to see that in both the Old and New 
Testaments three steps occurred to bring the books 
to the place where we now have them as our Bible: 



first they were written, then they were preserved, 
and finally they were collected. 

THE OLD TESTAMENT 

The Bible opens with the book' of Genesis, which 
is by an anonymous author. Genesis does not identify 
who wrote it; but it obviously was by the same per- 
son who wrote Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and 
Deuteronomy. Since these books are identified with 
Moses, we assume that it was he who wrote Genesis. 

But everything in Genesis happened hundreds of 
years before Moses was born. How did he learn of 
it? Three answers are possible: it could have been 
revealed directly to him by God; it could have been 



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handed down by word of mouth from one genera- 
tion to another; or it could have come to Moses in 
written form. Since we were not there, we cannot 
be sure how Moses learned the stories of Adam and 
Abraham, Jacob and Joseph. But there is little to 
prevent us from supposing that some parts of Genesis 
may have been originally written by the men of whom 
it spealcs or by their immediate descendants. If so, 
this writing was probably done with a stylus (a pen- 
cil-shaped sticlc) on soft tablets of clay and then al- 
lowed to harden to preserve it. 

In later centuries, writing was done with pen and 
ink on scrolls of leather. It is these long pieces of 
animal skin covered with letters that are meant 
when the Bible refers to a "book" (Ex. 17:14; 24:7; 
Deut. 28:58-61; 31:24-26). This was the form of writ- 
ing which continued into the days of the early Chris- 
tian church. The prophets wrote their books on scrolls 
and sometimes committed them to the keeping 
of their followers. This may be the meaning of Isaiah 
8:16: "Bind up the testimony, seal the teaching among 
my disciples." Jewish tradition says that devilish 
King Manasseh ordered Isaiah to be sawn in two 
after he had been stuffed into a hollow log (cf. Heb. 
11:32). Perhaps God used some unknown student 
of Isaiah to preserve the original copy of his book 
after his death. 

Jeremiah 36 relates how that prophet dictated 
God's message to his secretary Baruch_ who in turn 
wrote the words on a scroll. When it was read to 
King Jehoiakim, he systematically cut it up and 
threw it into the fire, after which Baruch laboriously 
rewrote the messages on another scroll. 

As the years passed and old copies of these books 
wore out, they were recopied many times. A group of 
scholars called Masoretes (pronounced Tnass-o-reets) 
emerged; they made it the sole business of their lives 
to transmit accurately the writings that had been 
handed down to them. They even counted the let- 
ters in each column (or page) they copied to make 
sure that nothing had been added or left out. They 
did their work so carefully that when the Dead Sea 
Scrolls were discovered around 1947, containing Old 
Testament manuscripts one thousand years older than 
any copies known before, they were almost exactly 
the same as the ones known all along. The meticu- 
lous methods of the Masoretes had paid off. 

As centuries passed and the Jewish people began 
to regard certain of their leaders as men of God, 
they also began to collect their writings. It may be 
that Ezra, the scribe, was the man mainly respon- 
sible for assembling the books of the Old Testament 
writers. Thus, the books of Moses were included as 
the story of the nation's founding and original laws. 
Then came the writings of the prophets, divided by 
the Jews into two groups: the former prophets and 
the latter prophets. The former prophets were the 
books we commonly call the historical books: Josh- 
ua, Judges, and the two books of Samuel (really one 
book), and the two books of Kings (also one book). 



The latter prophets were what we call the propheti- 
cal books, both the major (longer) and the minor 
(shorter) . 

In the third section of the Hebrew Old Testament 
were "the writings." The largest book of this group 
was the book of Psalms, so sometimes the entire sec- 
tion bore that name. Here, also, were the scrolls read 
at the Jewish feasts (Song of Solomon, Ruth, Lamen- 
tations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther) . Jesus referred to 
all three divisions of the Hebrew Bible when He 
said, Everything written about me in the law of Mo- 
ses and the prophets and the psalms must be ful- 
filled (Lu. 24:44). 

With only a few minor exceptions, all of these 
writings were in Hebrew. But when Alexander the 
Great conquered the known world in the ten years 
prior to 323 B. C, he spread the Greek language ev- 
erywhere. Within a century most Jews living outside 
Palestine no longer spoke or read Hebrew, and there- 
fore they could not understand their own Scrip- 
tures. So, about 250 B. C, a group of scholars in 
Egypt began to translate the Hebrew Bible into the 
Greek language of the day. This was the world's first 
major translation of any religious book. The new 
version was called the Septuagint (sep-too-a-jint) 
from the legend that seventy translators produced 
the entire work in seventy days. That is why Sep- 
tuagint is abbreviated LXX. It was this Greek ver- 
sion of the Old Testament that was used by most 
of the early Christians, for with the Roman destruc- 
tion of Jerusalem in 70 A. D., the Hebrew language 
almost completely disappeared — and besides, they all 
spoke Greek. 

So it was that, in the providence of God, the laws 
and history, the preaching and songs of the Jew- 
ish people were read in one language in all parts 
of the civilized world by the time Jesus was born 
in Bethlehem. The Bible that Jesus used was exactly 
the same Old Testament that we read and study today. 
THE NEW TESTAMENT 

Jesus left no written record of His life or His teach- 
ing. All we know of Him is what His followers wrote. 
It is usually thought that the letters of the apostle 
Paul are the earliest part of the New Testament, 
being written in the twenty years between 48 and 
68 A. D. It was Paul's practice to dictate his letters 
to a secretary and then sign them himself, much as 
a modern businessman does. He refers to this in 
II Thessalonians 3:17, where he says, /, Paul, write 
this greeting with my own hand. This is the mark 
in every letter of mine; it is the way I write. We 
meet one of his secretaries in Romans 16:22, where 
Paul allowed him to insert a personal greeting: / Ter- 
tius, the writer of this letter, greet you in the Lord. 

The Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) 
were probably written when the original disciples 
of Jesus were dying out or scattering, and something 
was needed to preserve accurately and permanently 
the story of Him. Then, about 85-100 A.D., John's 
Gospel, Epistles, and Revelation were composed and 



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circulated, thus completing the writing of the New 
Testament. 

As years passed, the books of the New Testament, 
like those of the Old, were copied and recopied many 
times. It was not long, however, until the letters of 
Paul to his churches and friends were collected. In 
fact, Peter may refer to this collection in II Peter 
3:15-16: So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to 
you according to the wisdom given him^ speaking 
of this as he does in all his letters. Soon the col- 
lected epistles of Paul were known as "The Apostle." 

"The Gospel" was the second part of the New Tes- 
tament to be assembled; and, as you can guess, this 
was the four Gospels as we have them. It was "the 
gospel," the good news of Jesus Christ, according 
to Matthew, according to Mark, according to Luke, 
and according to John — four versions of one story, 
each in its own way unique. This left only the general 
epistles (James; I and II Peter; I, II and III John; 
Jude) and Revelation to be added, and the New Tes- 
tament was complete. Every booklet in it was written 



by an apostle or an associate of the apostles. This was 
one of the standards that Spirit-led men used to 
separate these works from the many other early 
Christian writings and bring them together in the col- 
lection we call the New Testament. 

We must remember that the New Testament was 
not written to take the place of the Old Testament, 
but to be added to it. The Old Testament points for- 
ward to something (Someone, really) and says, "Get 
ready! Prepare yourself!" The New Testament says, 
"He has arrived! Here is the meaning of His com- 
ing!" Both together make up the Bible; either with- 
out the other is incomplete. 

The result is the Bible as we know it today, three- 
fourths of it the Old Testament, written originally 
in Hebrew and then translated into Greek; the re- 
maining one-fourth is the New Testament, all written 
in the Greek language. God Himself directed the writ- 
ing, preserving, and collecting of the sixty-six books. 
This, briefly, is how the Bible came to be. 

(Next month: "How the Bible Came to Us") 



TOPIC: 



NAAMAN'S SLAVE GIRL 

by Mrs. Spencer Gentie 



"You just wait, I'll get even with 
you!" Have you girls ever heard 
anyone say that? 

I am afraid that many of us 
have said words similar to these 
when we feel that someone has 
done something to us, and we just 
have to pay them back. If some- 
one pushes us, we want to push 
them. If someone hits us, we want 
to hit them. Suppose that the per- 
son who had been unkind to us 
is in real trouble, and there is 
something that we could do to help. 
Would we help or would we say, 
"It serves him right; that's what 
he gets for hurting me." That 
would be the easy thing to say, but 
would it please Jesus? 

Remember that Jesus has said, 
"Love your enemies, bless them that 
curse you, do good to them that 
hate you, and pray for them lohich 
despitefully use you, and persecute 
you" (Matt. 5:44) . 



This seems like a hard thing 
to do, but through prayer it can 
be done. We must ask Jesus to help 
us. Here is a story about a little 
girl who did ask the Lord to help 
her. 

All of you girls have studied in 
Sunday School about the great 
prophets of God and the miracles 
that they performed. During the 
time that Elijah and Elisha lived, 
there were many cruel wars in 
which many of the Israelite peo- 
ple were killed or captured as 
slaves. There was one little girl 
who was carried off as a slave to 
a faraway land called Syria. The 
soldiers gave this little girl to the 
wife of a great captain to be her 
maid. 

This little girl probably missed 
her family very much, but she did 
not spend her time crying and 
feeling sorry for herself. Instead, 
she tried to see how helpful she 



could be to her mistress. She re- 
alized that "even a child is known 
by his doings, whether his luork 
be pure, and whether it be right" 
(Prov. 20:11). 

We do not know the name of 
this little girl, but this story has 
been recorded in our Bible for a 
special purpose. The story shows 
us how God can use a little girl to 
work for Him, and how He blesses 
the work of a child. She was just 
a little slave girl, but the few words 
that she spoke brought life and 
salvation to a great man. 

This little girl worked in the 
home of a great soldier; his name 
was Naaman and he was a very 
rich man; he was also honored and 
trusted by the king. But this little 
girl noticed there was something 
wrong with Naaman. When this 
great soldier came in, weary and 
tired, she, no doubt, went and got 
water for him. When he took his 



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helmet off, she saw the shriveled, 
dry skin of leprosy. She knew it 
was the mark of a terrible disease 
that would spread until it would 
take his life. Naaman was a mighty 
man, but he was a leper. 

No doubt, this little girl's thoughts 
went back to her homeland and re- 
called hearing of the many mir- 
acles that the prophet Elisha had 
performed. If Naaman only knew 
about this great prophet of God, 
he could be healed. Should she 
tell her mistress that she knew of 
a man of God who could heal 
Naaman? After all, she was only a 
little slave girl. 

One day, while she was serving 
her mistress, She said what was 
really a prayer to God: "Would 
God my Lord were with the prophet 
that is in Samaria! for he would 
recover him of his leprosy" (II 



Kings 5:3). 

Her mistress believed her and 
told Naaman. When the king heard 
it, he was glad to save his very 
best captain, and he sent Naaman 
to Samaria. If you will read the 
account of this story in II Kings 
5:1-19, you will find out that 
Naaman was healed of his leprosy 
and that he believed in God be- 
cause of this miracle. 

Because this little girl was a 
faithful witness, this mighty soldier 
was healed and he honored God 
for it. This little girl must have 
been very happy when she saw her 
master return and saw that he had 
been healed. 

What if she had failed to wit- 
ness? What if she had kept this 
secret and not told her mistress? 
After all, these people had taken 
her away from her home and made 



her a slave. Why should she help 
them? Read again Matthew 5:44; 
here you will find the answer. 
Sometimes, God allows disappoint- 
ments to come into our lives to 
see if we can meet the test and 
remain true to Him. 

God wants each of you young 
girls to serve Him faithfully, too. 
Although this little slave girl was 
quite young, she was not too young 
for her testimony to make a dif- 
ference in the lives of others. She 
was not too young for her life 
to count for God. 

There are many ways in which 
you can serve Christ. There are 
many ways in which you can help 
others. You need to have sharp 
eyes and ears and be watchful of 
a chance to help someone else. 
You are not too young to tell some- 
one about your Savior, Jesus Christ. 



TOPIC: 



MARKING 

Mrs. Robert Keplinger 



NOT LONG AGO, I read a story about a ten-watt 
Ught bulib and a big chandelier. The chandelier 
hung in the showy living room. It was beautiful with 
its dazzling cutglass ornaments and glittering lights. 
Visitors often commented on its grandeur, but no- 
body gave the ten-watt bulb a second thoug-ht. When 
visitors passed its way, conversation usually was 
about the chandeher. Yet, the little ten-watt bulb 
was equally important. Hanging over a steep, tricky 
stairway, the little bulb shone faithfully to prevent 
people from breaking their necks. Maybe you're not 
a chandelier in the living room receiving praise and 
comment from many; maybe you're just a "ten-watt 
Sisterhood girl," but you have just as important a 
job to do as anyone else. Maybe your job is just to 
Shine with the Gospel on the backstairs, and though 
you may not be able to shine so brightly as some- 
one else, don't ever let that cause you to think that 
your work isn't as important; it is! You just let your 
Ught shine and do the work it is intended to do. No 
matter where you are, what your daily tasks may 



be, or how little you may count your influence, so 
long as you have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ 
as your Saviour, you are a Christian; therefore, you 
are to "let your light so shine before men that they 
may see your good works and glorify your Father 
who is in heaven." 

Realizing this, let us think for a few moments about 
the fourth step in our "Pattern for Living." We have 
called this step "Marking" or "Personal Goals in the 
Life of a Sisterhood Girl." 

One of our very first goals should be to "Live Close 
to God." When you live close to God, He is able to do 
through you, things that will otherwise never be 
accomplished. You are important to God. He wants 
to use you, work througii you, make you to be of bene- 
fit to a great many people. Are you available and 
usable? There is joy in knowing that God is work- 
ing through us. We feel ourselves to be indeed a 
working part of the church of Jesus Christ. That, 
in turn, draws us closer and closer to God. 



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Years ago, a lady stood before the beautiful tow- 
ering Cathedral of Cologne and heard someone be- 
hind her say, "Didn't we do a fine piece of woric 
here?" Turning, she beheld a man in work clothes, 
and said, "What did you have to do with it?" Proudly 
he answered, "I mixed the mortar for two years." 
Every man for his job! God needs more mortar 
mixers. He needs a genius now and then, and super- 
intendents, but He also needs thousands of patient, 
diligent, plodding, faithful workers — people who be- 
lieve and obey and leave the final results in His hands. 

Live close to God. Put your trust squarely in Him. 
Be thoroughly committed to do His will and He will 
never fail! 

The second goal should be to "Have Christ as the 
Guide of Your Life." The closer you live to God, the 
more you will want to be led by His Son, Jesus Christ. 

Remember, Christ's way will be a narrow way 
(Matt. 7:14). It will also be a holy way. Christ never 
guides us into questionable attitudes or activities. 
He never guides us to do wrong or questionable things. 
His ways are always right and good. Anyone who 
wishes to know and do His will, will have that wish 
fulfilled, but we must be submissive unto Him. Christ 
cannot lead an undedicated youth into the ministry, 
or missions, or medicine. Christ cannot guide any of 
us if we have already made up our minds and are 
praying only for His approval of our choice. 

An old Scotswoman used to tramp about the country 
selling goods. Since she had no particular route, when 
she came to a crossroads, she was in the habit of 
tossing a stick into the air and would then take what- 
ever direction the stick pointed. One day, she was 
seen tossing the stick several times. When pressed 
for an explanation, she said the road to the right 
looked so uninviting she just kept on tossing until 
the stick fell pointing to the left. Are any of us guilty 
of seeking to know His will in this way? Our part 
is to be humble, submissive and obedient; Christ will 
do the rest. 

If we are to live close to God and have Christ as 
the guide of our lives, then our third goal should be 
to "Have Daily Devotions." You're missing out on 
the thrill of a lifetime — until you discover the won- 
der of personal devotions. That's right — getting to 
know the Person of Jesus Christ is one of the greatest 
thrills you, as Sisterhood girls, can ever have. Oh yes, 
it will cost you something, just as anything worth 
While demands something. 

How do you get to know someone? — by spending 
time with them! Jesus said, "Come unto me... and 
I will give you rest. Learn of me. . .and ye shall find 
rest" (Matt. 11:28, 29). 

Are you willing to take time to learn of Christ? 
"// any man will come after me, let him deny himself, 
and take up his cross daily, and follow me" (Luke 
9:23). 

If we can't see someone each day or each week, 
we enjoy reading their letters — thus we should feel 



the same way about God's letter, the Bible. Don't wor- 
ry about not knowing much about the Bible. The im- 
portant thing is to know that God wrote it — through 
other men — so that you might really get to know 
His Son, Jesus Christ. "Search the scriptures . . . they 
are they which testify of me" (John 5:39). 

Also, in getting to know someone, there must be 
a two-way conversation. One person can't do all the 
talking! The same holds true in getting to know 
Christ. 

1. We speak to God through prayer — 

2. God speaks to us through the Bible. 

"// you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye 
shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done (.granted) 
unto you" (John 15:7). In other words, prayer is an- 
swering when God speaks to us through the Bible. 
Each passage of Scripture can be prayed about in 
one of these four ways: 

1. Thanks — for any promise God makes to you. 

2. Help — for any command of God's to obey. 

3. Forgiveness — for any sin you should confess. 

4. Guidance — for God's will to be made clear. 
Don't be afraid to tell God anything. He knows 

you better than you know yourself. God is waiting 
for YOU to begin! 

But let's face it, sometimes we don't want to spend 
time with God. And if you haven't felt that way, you 
will sometime. But this is no excuse for skipping 
your devotions. 

If you're having trouble with your devotions, it's 
probably because of toad habits. To get the most from 
your devotions, you must have a definite place and 
a definite time. The best place is the quietest, most 
uncluttered place in the house. The best time is either 
first thing in the morning or last thing at night. (If 
at night, don't you think it would be a good idea to 
have at least five minutes in the morning — ^just to 
get the day started out right?) 

Let's talk about your schedule for a minute: 

1. When do you usually get up? ^A. M. 

2. How much time do you spend in devotions? 

minutes. 

3. How many hours sleep do you need? 

hours. 

4. Now subtract the last two from the first. 
P.M. 

This is the time you should get to bed — or start 
devotions if you have them at night. 

Getting up earlier without enough sleep, or staying 
up later for devotions isn't the answer. It's saying 
"NO" to the gang, TV, etc. Remember the old say- 
ing, "Early to bed, early to rise. . ."? We might change 
it to say, "Early to bed, early to rise, makes my SPIR- 
ITUAL LIFE healthy, wealthy and wise." 

Here, briefly, then, we have three very important 
goals every Sisterhood girl should strive to meet in 
order to live a well-rounded Christian life. Let each 
one of us examine our own life to see how well we're 
living up to these "Markings" in our "Pattern for 
Living." 



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Program 
Planning 
Section 



signal lights program for February 
Prepared by Mrs. Alberta Holsinger 



Bible Theme: "GOD LOVES US" 
Project: BOYS' DORM AT LOST CREEK 



Call to Worship: 

"Praise ye the Lord; 
I will praise the Lord 
With my whole heart. 
Praise ye the Lord." 

Psalm 111:1 
Sing: 

"O Come and Let Us Worship" 

"God Will Take Care of You" 

"The B-I-B-L-E" 
Bible Story: 

GOD CHOSE MOSES 

Moses grew up in the palace as 
the son of the princess, although 
he was really a Hebrew boy. He was 
interested in all that went on about 
him. Especially was he interested 
in the Hebrew people who were 
slaves in the land of Egypt. One 
day^ when he saw an Egyptian 
taskmaster beating one of the He- 
brews, it made him so angry he 
killed the Egyptian. Then, because 
he was afraid of the king, Moses 
ran away from Egypt to the land 
of Midian. There he met some 
beautiful girls watering their fa- 
ther's sheep. Politely, Moses drew 
water for them. When the sheep 
were no longer thirsty, the girls 
led them back home. 

"Why are you home so early?" 
the girls' father asked. 

"An Egyptian helped us and 
drew water for our flocks," the girls 
explained. 

"Bring him home to eat with us," 
their father said. 

So Moses came to the house of 
Jethro. Later he married one of 
Jethro's_ daughters. 

Back in Egypt, the Hebrews were 
having a harder time than ever. 
Over and over again they prayed, 
"Send us a deliverer, O Lord. De- 
liver us from the hand of the 
Egyptians." 

They did not know it, but God 
was already answering their prayer. 
Out in the pasture land of Midian, 
Moses was becoming strong and 
patient and learning to trust God 



more every day. 

One day, as Moses watched sheep 
on the mountain, he saw a bush 
burning. The strange thing about 
it was that the bush burned and 
burned but was not burned up. 

"I will stop right here and see 
why this is," Moses said to himself. 
He stood still. As he watched, he 
heard a voice. 

"Moses," the voice called, "Mo- 
ses!" 

"Here I am," Moses answered. 

"Take off your shoes, Moses," 
said the voice of God, "for this 
is holy ground. I am the God of 
your father, the God of Abraham, 
the God of Isaac, and the God of 
Jacob." 

Moses bowed his head. 

Again God spoke. "I have seen 
the affliction and hardship of my 
people who are slaves in the land of 
Egypt. I have heard their cries as 
they were beaten. I have seen their 
sorrows. I am planning to deliver 
them. I will bring them to a good 
land. Come now, Moses, and I will 
send you to Pharaoh that you may 
bring my people out of Egypt." 

Moses was surprised. "Who am 
I that I should go to Pharaoh and 
bring the Hebrews out of Egypt?" 
he questioned. 

"I will be with you," God prom- 
ised. "As a sign of this, when you 
have brought them out of Egypt, 
you shall worship God on this very 
mountain." 

"Suppose the people do not be- 
lieve me. Suppose they say God 
did not send me, what then?" 
Moses wanted to know. 

"What is that in your hand?" 
God asked. 

"A rod," Moses answered, "a 
shepherd's rod." 

"Throw it on the ground," God 
directed. 

When Moses threw it on the 
ground, the rod became a snake. 

"Pick it up by the tail," said 



God. 

When Moses picked the snake up 
by the tail, it was a rod again. 

Other signs and wonders the 
Lord showed Moses, but still he 
hesitated. "I am a poor speaker, 
Lord," he argues. 

"Who made men's mouths?" God 
asked. "Go, and I will be with 
your mouth, and teach you what to 
say." 

Still Moses hesitated. 

So God promised him a helper. 
"Your brother Aaron will help you," 
God promised. "He can speak to 
the people for you." 

Soon, Moses was talking to his 
father-in-law. "I must return to 
my people in the land of Egypt," 
he told him. 

Jethro understood. "Go in peace," 
he said. 

So Moses and his family started 
on the long journey back to Egypt. 

On the way, Aaron met him. Mo- 
ses told him the words the Lord 
had spoken and together they went 
to the elders of the Hebrew peo- 
ple. They, too, believed, and they 
bowed their heads and thanked God 
for the deliverer He had sent to 
them. 

God chose Moses for a very spe- 
cial job. He has a very special job 
for each of us, too. If we will trust 
Him, God will show us what He 
wants us to do. Then we will be 
truly happy. God's way is best be- 
cause God loves us. 

Based on portions of 
Exodus 2-4. 
Hymn of the Month: 

TRUST AND OBEY 
When we walk with the Lord 
In the light of His Word 
What a glory He sheds on our way! 
While we do His good will, 
He abides with us still, 
And with all who will trust and 

obey. 
Trust and obey, 
For there's no other way 



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To be happy in Jesus, 
But to trust and obey. 

The children will quickly learn 
this melody and will enjoy singing 
it. 

In going over the words, be sure 
the children understand the mean- 
ings of all of them. Some words 
that might need explaining are: 
trust, obey, glory, sheds, abides. 

After listening to the music, sing 
with the children the hymn. 
Mission Story: 

PLANNING FOR SCHOOL 

"Maw, I want to go to school," 
said the boy. 

"But where, Joe?" asked Maw. 
"It's much too far for you to walk 
to the schoolhouse." 

"I know, Maw," replied Joe, "but 
Pete was telling me about a school 
his brother and sister went to. They 
learned to read and write and do 
numbers. They learned more about 
God, too. It's at Lost Creek." 

"Lost Creek!" exclaimed Maw. 
"Why, that's fifteen miles away. 
When our own school is too far for 
you to walk, how do you expect 
to go to Lost Creek?" 

"Oh, I don't expect to go from 
home every day," replied Joe. "You 
see, they have buildings there for 
the children to live in. 'Dorms,' they 
call them. Pete told me all about 
it." 

"Did he tell you how much it 
costs to stay there?" Maw wanted 



to know. 

"Yes, it's twenty-five dollars a 
month, but it doesn't all have to 
be paid in money. Some boys and 
girls work at the school to pay 
part of it. Some work in the kit- 
chen. Some do other jobs. The cost 
can be paid with food, too. Like 
potatoes from our garden." 

When Paw came in, Maw told 
him what Joe wanted to do. Paw 
said they would talk with Pete's 
folks. 

A few weeks later, the two fam- 
ilies went to Lost Creek to visit 
the school. They talked with the 
teachers and saw the buildings. Be- 
fore they left, it was decided that 
Joe and Pete would go to school 
there next fall. 

Maw and Paw said they would 
pay the tuition this year. When 
Joe was older, he could work to 
pay some of it. 

From then on, Joe and Pete 
spent many happy hours thinking 
about the school. Often they each 
prayed, "Thank You for Maw and 
Paw. Thank You for the school. 
Help me to do good work and to 
learn many things." 
Friendship Circle of Prayer: 

Let us thank God for our parents 
and schools. Let us thank Him that 
we can help the children at Lost 
Creek. 

Let us ask Him to help us to do 
our best work in school and to learn 



the things we need to know to serve | 
Him best. 

Business: 

1. Roll call and offering. 

2. Secretary's report. 

3. Check Bible reading. 

4. Talk about our project. 

5. A birthday to remember: 

Stephen Byler will be thir- 
teen years old on March 19. 

Handwork : 

A HUMMER 
(Each child will need the follow- 
ing: a tube from a roll of wax 
paper, a rubber band, a large nail, 
a four-inch square of wax paper, 
and crayons.) 

God likes for us to praise Him 
with music. He likes for us to sing 
to Him and play instruments for 
Him. Today, we will make instru- 
ments to use when we are prais- 
ing God. 

First, you will want to color your 
tube. Now punch eight holes with 
your nail about one and one-half 
inch from one end of it. Make 
three rows with three holes in one 
row, two in the next and three in 
the last. Over that end of the tube, 
fasten the wax paper with the rub- 
ber band. 

Hum (with lips parted) on the 
other end. Hear the music? 

Let's all hum "Jesus Loves Me" 
into the hummer. 
Signal Lights' Benediction. 



Sunday School Suggestions 

from the National S. S. Board 



Dick Winfield 



FINDING AND FURNISHING 

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSROOMS 

PART II: FINDING SPACE 

SUNDAY SCHCX>LS frequently find themselves in 
need of additional classrooms (see last week's 
article). It is not always possible or desirable to build 
new rooms at the time the need arises and some tem- 
porary solution must be found. The following ar- 
ticle is intended to offer suggestions for such tem- 
porary solutions until permanent classrooms can be 
built. 
FINDING SPACE 

Finding space for classrooms requires ingenuity 
and some serious thought. Some places to begin in- 
clude the choir loft, the vestibule, the sanctuary, old 



storage rooms, large rooms which could be subdivided, 
and the church kitchen. If the church has a fairly 
good sized vestibule, part of this can be screened off 
to provide space for a classroom. 

Perhaps the sanctuary provides the most possibilities 
for classrooms. Many small churches do not have 
congregations large enough to fill the sanctuary. 
This being the case, pews at the back can be removed 
to provide the extra space. A church in St. Louis, for 
example, made a church parlor by taking out several 
pews at the rear of the church and equipping the 
space with a rug and comfortable chairs. The same 
could be done to form a classroom. (This arrangement 
has an added advantage in that it makes it necessary 
for the congregation to sit further forward during 
the worship services.) 

A class for a small number of young children can 
be provided in the sanctuary by using a piano to 
partially screen a corner. A cloth hung on the back 
of the piano will improve its appearance. Add a small 
rug on the floor and some proper sized chairs and 
little ones have a classroom. 

Other possibilities should not be overlooked. Stor- 
age rooms might be cleaned out and remade into 
classrooms. One church, which had made a change 



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from a coal to an oil furnace, cleaned and fixed up 
the coal bin and came up with a beautiful, though 
small, children's classroom. 

A check should also be made to see that all exist- 
ing classrooms are being used to the best advantage. 
Many churches, both small and large, find that they 
can greatly increase the efficiency of their space by 
disposing of obsolete furnishings and buying^ or mak- 
ing, portable, space-saving equipment. When this is 
done, it may be found that some classrooms are 
large enough to be divided, providing space for two 
classes. 

We have considered, so far, the possibilities loithin 
the church building, but there are also possibihties 
outside the limits of the church walls. 

A church with a yard has opportunities. The use 
which can be made of the lawn is Umited, of course, 
by bad weather and change of seasons. But many 
churches could at least benefit part of the time from 
the use of their lawns. The shade of a tree, a few 
throw rugs on the ground, and some chairs and a 
table and you have a nursery or kindergarten. Many 
young people's classes would thoroughly enjoy meet- 



ing outside on sunny days during spring and summer. 

The living room, recreation room, or basement of the 
parsonage, or of the home of a member living close 
to the church can also provide classroom space. The 
use of such facilities should be volunteered, however, 
and not forced on even the pastor. It might even 
be possible for the church to buy a house near the 
church building to use for Sunday School classrooms. 

One final suggestion — some Sunday Schools may 
even find it necessary to have double sessions in order 
to provide the needed facilities. This method, often 
used for the worship service, can also be used for 
the Sunday School. 

If small churches are to have the good things in 
Christian education they deserve, the leaders must 
use ingenuity and make the most of available space. 
In this they might well solicit the help of the other 
church people. Many church members would enjoy 
the opportunity to make the most of the space in 
their churches if challenged with the problem. In 
making such attempts, the small church should re- 
member that "it isn't the amount of room, but what 
we do with it that counts." 



Daily 



Devotions 



General Theme for the Year: "APPROVED UNTO GOD" 
Theme lor January — "IN OUR STUDY OF HIS WORD" 



Writer for January — Mr. Willard Slabaugh 
January 22nd through 31st — "Study to Tell the World" 



Wednesday, January 22, 1964 

Read Scripture: Psalm 63 

In II Timothy 2:15, we are told 
to study to show ourselves approved 
unto God. Just the fact that we 
choose to study God's Word would 
meet with His approval, but when 
Paul speaks about studying to show 
ourselves approved unto God, it 
would seem that he had a deeper 
meaning in mind. As we, through 
the study of His Word, are drawn 
closer to Him, His purpose becomes 
clearer to us, and as we live with- 
in His purpose, we meet with His 
approval. 

This is good; but God's purpose 
does not stop here. His Word says, 
"go ye and tell." This seems to be 
God's main purpose for every Chris- 
tian life. When we attempt to tell 
others about God's plan and pur- 
pose, surely we need a complete 
understanding of that plan in 



order that we can speak out with 
confidence and with authority. 
The Day's Thought 
"Except ye utter by the tongue 
words easy to be understood, how 
shall it be known what is spoken? 
for ye shall speak into the air" 
(I Corinthians 14:9). 

Thursday, January 23, 1964 

Read Scripture: Proverbs 1:24-33 

The world is divided into two 
separate groups: those who rec- 
ognize and serve God, and those 
who do not. The world tries to 
teach us that this is not true, that 
we are never confronted with a 
definite decision one way or the 
other, but that all things, given 
time and enough patience, will 
somehow work themselves out to 
our advantage. 

I believe that a study of God's 
Word will totally discredit this 



philosophy. God's Word tells us that 
we cannot serve two masters, but 
that we must make a choice, either 
to put our lives completely into 
God's keeping, or to choose the 
world and what it has to offer. 
A study of God's Word will put 
this choice squarely up to us. 
The Day's Thought 
"Choose you this day whom ye 
will serve" (Joshua 24:15). 

Friday, January 24, 1964 

Read Scripture: John 1:10-14 

The Jews were very zealous in 
their study of the Scripture. They 
studied so they would be able to 
make a demonstration of superior 
knowledge among the people of the 
world. Jesus tells them that their 
purpose was not right, and points 
out to them a much better pur- 
pose for the study of God's Word. 
It is possible for us to be very 
zealous in our study of God's Word, 
and yet to completely miss the 
power and influence that is meant 
for us there. The Scripture shows 
us quite plainly that there is hope 
for eternal life, but the crowning 
purpose of all, in the study of 
God's Word, is to find Christ and 
to find Him in a real and personal 
way. 

The Day's Thought 
"In him was life; and the life 
was the light of men" (John 1:4). 

Saturday, January 25, 1964 

Read Scripture: Colossians 4:1-6 
In several of our major colleges, 



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not long ago, a class was selected 
at random from each and asked 
to participate in a survey. The stu- 
dents in these classes were asked 
to write in one hundred words or 
more, their concept of God and 
His purpose and plan in today's 
world. Less than twenty percent 
were able to write anything sensible 
on the subject. 

This should be food for thought 
for us as Christian people living in 
a nation founded upon Christian 
principles. The Apostle Peter tells 
us that, as Christians, we should 
be ready at any time to give an an- 
swer to every man that inquires of 
us about the hope we have in 
Christ. 

The Day's Thought 

"The thoughts of the wicked are 
an abomination to the Lord: but 
the words of the pure are pleasant 
words" (Proverbs 15:26). 

Sunday, January 26, 1964 

Read Scripture: John 6:34-40 

Jesus used a great number of 
symbolisms as He taught among 
the people. In this instance. He 
was talking to a large group that 
had sought Him out following His 
miracle of the loaves and fishes. 
He told them they should be as 
concerned about food for their 
souls as they were about food for 
their physical hunger. 

Bread has long been known as 
the staff of life, and Jesus uses 
this truth to teach a spiritual les- 
son. Bread, in order for it to be 
of any benefit, must be eaten so 
that it can become a part of our 
physical body. So it is with Christ, 
in order for Him to be of spiritual 
benefit to us, we must take Him 
into ourselves so He can become a 
part of our very lives. 

The Day's Thought 
"/ have esteemed the words of 
his mouth more than my necessary 
food" (Job 23:12b). 

Monday, January 27, 1964 

Read Scripture: Acts 5:33-39 

When the Apostle Paul went into 
Corinth to preach the Gospel, he 
met with a great deal of opposition. 
He became quite discouraged and 
considered giving up his ministry 
there, but the Lord appeared to 
him in a vision to reassure him 
and to renew his courage. He re- 
minded Paul that it was God's own 
cause he was upholding, and that 
he should do it boldly, speaking 
plainly and with courage. 



We, as Christian workers, can 
take a valuable lesson from Paul's 
experience here. We are often quite 
easily discouraged in our Christian 
witness, but we need to be re- 
minded that we, too, through the 
word of Jesus, have the same as- 
surance of help and encourage- 
ment that was given to Paul. 
The Day's Thought 

"Lo, I am with you alway, even 
unto the end of the world" (Mat- 
thew 28:20b). 

Tuesday, January 28, 1964 

Read Scripture: I Peter 4:12-16 

Jesus told the disciples that the 
Holy Ghost would teach them what 
they should say (Luke 12:12) . When 
He spoke these words. He had 
been telling them that they, as 
servants of God, should not expect 
an easy life, but that they should 
expect to be misunderstood and 
persecuted for their belief. 

We, as Christian workers, ac- 
tually know very little about per- 
secution. We live in a society where 
the right of individual thought is 
respected. We may not always have 
this privilege, but we have as- 
surance, through the Word of God, 
that should the occasion ever arise 
that we have need to defend our 
stand, God, through the Holy Spu-- 
it, will furnish us with an adequate 
defense, even to the supplying of 
words for us to speak. 

The Day's Thought 
God can supply all our needs. 

Wednesday, January 29, 1964 

Read Scripture: Isaiah 6:1-8 

It is the prerogative of God to 
call men to the Christian ministry. 
He is the Lord of the harvest and 
is the only one qualified to lead 
them into this important work. He, 
being the Lord of the harvest, is 
the only one qualified to choose 
the field in which they should work. 
However, after God has called min- 
isters, and chosen the field in which 
He wants them to work, we^ as 
Christian laymen, then have an 
obligation to support them with our 




prayers and encouragement and our 
financial gifts. 

The gospel of Christ is indeed 
a message of glad tidings and good 
things. It is the way by which men 
are reconciled to God and brought 
back into fellowship with Him. 
The Day's Thought 

"Peace I leave with you, my peace 
I give unto you" (John 14:27). 

Thursday, January 30, 1964 

Read Scripture: I John 1:1-7 

Matthew 5:14 is a verse taken 
from the Sermon on the Mount — 
you should read it. This sermon 
was spoken by Jesus to His dis- 
ciples, yet the duties prescribed are 
to be performed by all those that 
would enter into the kingdom of 
heaven. Jesus told His disciples that 
they were to be the salt of the 
earth, and the light of the world. 
All Christians have light in Christ 
and are to shine as light in a world 
dark with sin. We, as Christians, 
are to share this light with others. 
We are to share, first, through the 
personal witness of a Christian life; 
secondly, by telling others that 
they, too, may have this light 
simply by believing in Christ who is 
the source of all light. 

The Day's Thought 
"Let your light so shine before 
men, that they may see your good 
works, and glorify your father 
which is in heaven" (Matthew 5: 
16). 

Friday, January 31, 1964 

Read Scripture: Matthew 4:1-11 

When Jesus was tempted by Sa- 
tan, He answered with Scripture 
(Matthew 4:4). The Word tells us 
that He was led by the Spirit in- 
to the wilderness to be tempted. 

The account of the temptation, 
and its subsequent outcome, should 
be a source of strength to all who 
are followers of Christ. Notice, that 
although Satan is a very subtle 
and powerful enemy, yet he is not 
invincible. He was defeated by 
Christ and can be defeated by us, 
if we rely on the same power that 
He relied upon when He was 
tempted. 

"It is written," is the key to the 
power Jesus had, and it can be our 
power to overcome temptation in 
our Christian living. A workable 
knowledge of God's word is a must 
for a victorious Christian life. 
The Day's Thought 

"Be ye doers of the word, and 
not hearers only" (James 1:22). 



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DOLLARS AND SENSE 



And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The 
ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 

And he thought within himself, saying, What shall 
I do, because I have no room where to bestoiv my 
fruits? 

And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my 
barns, and build greater; and there luill I bestow 
all my fruits and my goods . . . 

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, 
where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves 
break through and steal: 

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where 
neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves 
do not break through nor steal: 

For where your treasure is, there will your heart 
be also. (Luke 12:16-19 and Matthew 6:19-21). 



nPHBSE ARE FAMILIAR passages of Scripture. We 
1 have heard them often and usually in connec- 
tion with an appeal for funds. Yet money plays a 
very small part in what I have to say to you. It is 
not so much dollars, as sense, that I wish to discuss. 
Perhaps I should have said "dollars with sense" and 
not "dollars and sense." The sense I have in mind is, 
you see, not little pieces of copper, but that quality 
which is most often referred to as common sense. We 
all have our share. 

While I shall not tell you what to do with your 
dollars, I shall urge certain investments upon you. 
The idea that a good way to invest our dollars is to 
use them for God and build fine churches, hospitals 
and other institutions is generally accepted, but the 
investing of our common sense goes a bit further. 
That thought isn't often stressed. 

Think a moment and doesn't your sense tell you 
that it is better to make an investment in future 
congregations than in piles of brick and stone? 
Wouldn't it be more sensible to stop giving the church 
mortgaged buildings and give it a mortgage on to- 
morrow made out in the name of God? But how are 
we going to buy such a mortgage for our church? 
We aren't going to buy it. We are going to sell it. 
Sell it to the youth of our land. 

Every Christian is a salesman. He is selling salvation. 
When we buy a new car or a yard of cloth, a person 
trained to sell serves us. There are schools of sales- 
manship which teach the principles of salesmanship, 
ijet us take a leaf out of their book and adopt some 
of their precepts. Our stock in trade is God's truth 
and we have an inexhaustible supply. All the rules 
of good salesmanship apply. 



First, and of primary importance, the salesman 
considers his own personality. Does it favorably im- 
press his prospective customer? How does a Chris- 
tian's personality strike those whom he meets? Are 
you one of those dutiful Christians who go about 
saying, "O dear, I ought to go to church or the mis- 
sionary society today, but I don't want to. O well, 
I ought to, so I'll go." And then you set out without 
a smile, without any gladness, and attend, with a 
far-away manner and a bored face. The dutiful 
Christians are like a drink of vinegar to those whom 
they meet. Are you always crabbing about the sac- 
rifice involved in being a Christian? Well, it involves 
a sacrifice to keep a car, but did you ever hear a 
salesman mention that? No, he tells how much fun 
it is to ride. Do you say by deed and action that it 
is fun to serve the Lord? Service with a smile is a 
commercial catchword that could be well employed 
by Christians. Service without joy is just doing, not 
serving. At least, it isn't Christian service. We read 
about the early converts and in every case we read 
"And they went on their way rejoicing." Only the rich 
young ruler went away sorrowing. He did not have 
enough love of Christ in his heart to make service 
a joy. 

Like the good salesman, we can use persuasion, 
but not over-persuasion, and never coercion. 

Our modern world has found that it accomplishes 
the most in a business way by co-operation. Chris- 
tians take notice! Co-operation among our organiza- 
tions inside the church and with other churches in 
our community! The time for narrow denominational 
lines has passed, just as narrow confines in individual 
business are passing. 

Then there is advertising. Another commercial 
catch-phrase is "It pays to advertise." It does! Happy 
Christians are fine advertisements for church mem- 
bership. Investing in the hearts of men, for God, is 
the best business any of us can engage in and the 
beauty of it is that none of us are so poverty stricken 
that we can not make at least one investment. How 
good an investment we prove to be, rests with the 
individual. I sometimes wonder if Jesus measures 
our love for Him by the deeds we do in His name or 
by the joy and gladness we get out of our religious 
experiences! 

We Christians are God's representatives and it is up 
to us to use our common sense to the best advantage 
and to "Rightly handle the word of truth" that it may 
increase and multiply in the hearts of men down 
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we do the investing and get others to invest. The 
farmer plants his seed and looks to God to send the 
rain and sun so as to bring the increase, but the 
farmer must use his God-given common sense in 
choosing the soil and as to planting time and culture. 
So must we use our common sense in making our 
dollars and our service pay dividends. Only thus can 
we "store up treasure where moth and rust do not 
destroy." 

O God, use us and our dollars and our sense for the 
advancement of Thy kingdom. Make us have greater 
joy in service. Bless our efforts and broaden and per- 
fect our Christian personalities. In Jesus' name. Amen. 




CHILDREN'S 
DAILY DEVOTIONS 

Mrs. Robert G. Holsinger 

Memory Scripture for the month — Matthew 7:7: 

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall 
find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 

January 22-28 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 1964 

Scripture: Matthew 14:22-33 

Jesus Walking On the Sea 

One day last summer, John called to his friends 
in the lake, "Watch me! See, I can walk on water." 

"Oh, you can't," shouted Terry. 

"Yes, I can. See?" By moving his feet under the 
water in just the right way he could keep his head 
and shoulders up. 

"That's treading water," said Terry. "Anyone who 
practices can do that. I thought you meant walking 
on the top of the water the way Jesus did." 

"Of course not," replied John. "Only God's Son 
could do a miracle like that. Wouldn't it toe some- 
thing, though, if He would help us walk on the water 
like He did Peter?" 

"I don't know," said Sam thoughtfully. "Then we 
might wander too far out in the lake and miss sup- 
per." 

Everyone laughed because Sam was always thinking 
of eating. 

Terry said, "Don't forget. He does help us to do 
many hard things everyday. All we need to do is to 
ask Him." 

Have you asked Jesus to help you today? 
Prayer: 

Thank You, Jesus, for toeing with me all the time. 
Please help me to choose the right things. Amen. 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 1964 

Scripture: Matthew 15:32-38 

Seven Loaves and a Few Fishes 

"Mark! Joan!" called Mother from the back porch. 
Soon the children came running into the house. 
"We're going to have the biggest snow fort in the 
neighborhood," said Mark, hanging up his jacket. 



"Smells like soup. I'm hungry," declared Joan as 
she went to wash her hands. 

"Soup and crackers, milk and salad, cookies and 
fruit," said Dad as they sat down at the table. "A 
good meal for snow shovelers. Let us bow our heads 
and thank God for our food." 

It is easy to understand why we should be thank- 
ful when there is enough food for everyone. Did you 
notice, though, that Jesus thanked God when He 
had just seven small loaves of bread and a few little 
fish to feed over four thousand people? Yet when 
they were through eating, there were seven baskets 
of food left. 

Another miracle by God's Son! 

By the way, don't forget to thank God for your food 
today. 
Prayer : 

Dear God in heaven, thank You for my good food 
and for Daddy and Mother who buy and fix it for us 
to eat. Show me the ways in which I can share with 
the boys and girls who do not have enough to eat. 
In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 1964 

Scripture: Matthew 16:13-18 

Thou Art Christ 

Jesus on earth did live so 
People everyivhere might know 
Of God and His great love 
And our home above. 

One day after a long walk, 

He and His disciples sat to talk. 

He asked, "Who do others say I am?" 

He was told, "A prophet or great man." 

"Who do you say I am?" He asked now. 
Peter answered, "Son of God art Thou." 
Jesus smiled. "Blest are you 
Because of God this you knew." 

If Jesus asked you today, 

"Who am I?" Can you say, 

Like Peter, "Son of God is He"? 

Then happy, happy you will be. 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, that Jesus came to earth so we 
can know You better. Help me to know that He is 
your Son. In His name I pray. Amen. 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 1964 

Scripture: Matthew 16:24-27 

Reward According to Works 

One Saturday morning. Father said, "Lester, I would 
like for you to clean the garage and, Paul, I want 
you to clean the basement." Then he put on his hat 
and coat and went out the door to work calling good- 
by as he left. 

As soon as Lester finished breakfast, he hurried 
out to the garage. He moved the bicycles, ladders, and 
baskets. He swept the floor and then put everything 
toack neatly in place. It took a long time, but when 
he had finished, he knew he had done his job well. 

Paul finished breakfast. "It's a long time before 
Dad gets home from work," he thought. "I'll play 
awhile and clean the basement later." 



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So he ran out to play. As he played he kept think- 
ing, "There will be time later to clean the basement." 

When Father drove into the garage after work he 
was pleased to see what a good job Lester had done. 
Then he went to the basement. How disappointed 
he was when he saw Paul had not done anything 
down there! 

He called the boys to him. "Lester^ I asked you to 
clean the garage. You did a fine job. This half dollar 
is yours. Paul, you were to do the basement. I'm sorry, 
but there is no reward for you because you did not 
do as I asked." 

Jesus tells us that those who do the things God 
wants them to do will receive wonderful rewards 
when He returns. Will you toe one of those whom Jesus 
will reward? 
Prayer: 

Dear God, help me to do the things I can for You 
today. Help me to obey my parents and to be kind 
and thoughtful of others. In Jesus' name I pray. 
Amen. 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 36, 1964 

Scripture: Matthew 18:1-6 

Jesus Called a Child 

"Jesus loves me, this I know for the Bible tells 
me so..." How often we sing that song! We like it 
because we know it is true. 

The day the disciples asked who would be great- 
est in heaven, they may have expected Jesus to say 
they would be. Instead, Jesus called to a child who 
was playing nearby. The child came running and 
Jesus picked him up. 

"Unless you trust Me and love Me as this child 
does," He said, "you shall not enter heaven. The 
greatest ones are those who have faith like these 
children." 

Jesus loves and helps the boys and girls, the men 
and women who love and trust Him. 

You will be one of the greatest in heaven if you 
follow Jesus everyday. 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for Jesus who loves boys and 
girls everywhere. Thank You for the Bible which tells 
me about Him. In His name I pray. Amen. 

MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 1964 

Scripture: Matthew 18:11-14 

Come to Save 

It was a cold, dark night. The snow was beginning 
to fall. When Harry looked into the box where the 
puppies were sleeping with their mother, he counted 
only five. The tiniest one was gone. 

Where could she be? Harry looked under the table 
and behind the refrigerator. No puppy. He looked 
in the dining room and living room. No puppy. He 
looked in the bedrooms and bathroom. No puppy. 
Where could she be? 

Harry came back to the kitchen. Then he remem- 
bered the wind had blown the back door open earlier 
in the evening. Could the puppy have gone out with- 
out anyone noticing? 

He put on the porch light and opened the door. 
There in one corner sat the shivering, frightened 
puppy. 

"Mom! Dad! I've found her! I've found her!" Har- 
ry called. 



He picked up the little dog and hurried into the 
house. 

Jesus says He is looking for lost people. He wants 
to be our Savior so that someday we may be at home 
with Him in heaven. 
Prayer: 

Dear God, thank You that Jesus came to show us 
the way to heaven. Help me to listen carefully to the 
Bible stories so I will know better how to follow Him. 
In His name I pray. Amen. 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 1964 

Scripture: Matthew 19:13-15 

Brought Little Children 

The doctor was busy. He was talking to a group 
of young men who wanted to learn to be doctors. He 
was telling them many things they needed to know. 

Suddenly the door at the back of the room was 
opened. A mother came in carrying a little boy who 
had been hurt in an accident outside. 

"The doctor is busy," said one of the young men 
near the door. 

"Yes, take your child upstairs. Someone there will 
help you," said another. 

"Give the child to me," said the doctor, who had 
come to the back of the room. "I will help him." 

Carefully he cleaned and bandaged the child's cuts. 
Then the boy and his mother went away happy. And 
the doctor began teaching the young men again. 

Jesus tells us that children are important to Him. 
He loves and wants them to come to Him. He can help 
you and make you happy just as He did the children 
in our Bible story. 
Prayer: 

Dear God in heaven, I'm glad I know Jesus loves 
me. Help me to tell other boys and girls about His 
love. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 




RESULTS 

A friend of mine was once traveling through the 
wilds of Alaska. Cold and weary, he came upon a 
little settlement where a mission school and church 
ministered to the natives. 

"What are you doing in this out-of-the-way spot?" 
he asked of the missionary, as he noted his evident 
culture and education. What a pity, he thought, that 
such a man should be wasted in a place like this! 

But the missionary said, with a smile, "Here I was 
sent, and here I shall remain until I die, or until I 
am given further orders." 

"But it's so hopeless here. You have not made many 
converts in all these years, and the results seem 
small." 

"Results are not my business," answered the mis- 
sionary. "I leave the results with God. My job is to 
do my best at the task to which He has set me. It 
may take 50 years; it may take five hundred. Who 
knows? Some day the results will come." 

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Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial : 

"Can't; Unconcerned; Someone Else" .... 3 

News from the Brethren 4 

Memorials 4 

Weddings 4 

"Who's Who" listed 4 

The Hymn School : "Love Divine" 5 

"Will a Man Rob God?" by Paul W. Winter . . 6 

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Daily Devotions — February 1-7 14 

Missionary Board 16 

Children's Devotions — 

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NOTES and COMMENTS 

THANKSGIVING ON JANUARY 9 

A CABLEGRAM received Thursday, January 
9, indicated that Reverend and Mrs. Ken- 
neth Solomon and their children, Timmy, Becky, 
and Joel, arrived safely in Buenos Aires. We 
urge you to remember them in prayer as they 
cake up their duties in the field. 



REV. VIRGIL INGRAHAM 

TO VISIT NIGERIAN MISSIONS- 
JANUARY 28, Reverend M. Virgil Ingraham, 
^ General Secretary of the Missionary Board, 
will leave from Cleveland, Ohio, for a month's 
tour of the Nigerian Field. This visit will be in 
the company of representatives from the Church 
of the Brethren to evaluate the work there.. 
We anticipate his return to the Ashland office 
on March 4. 



ASPINALLS DEPARTURE DELAYED 

LEGAL CLEARANCE continues to delay the 
Ray Aspinall family's departure for Ar- 
gentina. It is now anticipated that visas will be 
granted in time for them to leave Cleveland on 
Wednesday, January 22, with arrival in Buenos 
Aires the following morning. Pray God's guid- 
ance for their departure on schedule. 



"WILL A MAN ROB GOD?" 

ON PAGE 6 of this issue of The Brethren 
Evangelist, you will find an article written 
by Mr. Paul W. Winter of Udall, Kansas. 

This article was sent in some time ago by 
the editor of The Brethren Layman to be used 
in connection with the laymen pages of this 
magazine. Space has not permitted us to print 
the article until this week. 

Mr. Winter has been the lay pastor of the 
First Brethren Church of Derby, Kansas, since 
its organization. He continued in this work un- 
til the new pastor. Rev. M. W. Dodds, arrived 
as pastor the last of December. Bro. Winter's 
work is truly appreciated in this field. 

Be sure to read the article. 




Spiritual Meditations 19 

Sunday School Lesson Comments 20 

Prayer Meeting Bible Study 20 

Sunday School Suggestions 21 

World Religious News in Review 22 



January 25, 1964 



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the 

editor's 

editorial 



lAnconcernecl 
Someone Clse 



CAN'T, UNCONCERNED, 
SOMEONE ELSE — these 
are the attitudes that several 
cigarette smokers expressed in 
a recent survey taken here in 
Ashland following the report of 
the United States Health Com- 
mission linking cancer and cigar- 
ettes. 

One smoker said: "I realize 
that smoking cigarettes is a bad 
habit but I know I can't stop. 
I still think I'll try to stop the 
habit but I really doubt if I can 
break it. It will be hard." 

Another smoker : "I have been 
smoking for 30 years but I can't 
quit." 

When the individual asserts 
that he cannot quit the habit, 
the battle is lost before it is 
begun; a negative attitude will 
not win. However, down through 
the years many have quit the 
habit because they had a will to 
quit ! The Christian, if he makes 
up his mind, can quit with the 
help of the Lord. Paul said: 
"I can do all things through 
Christ which strengtheneth me." 
No other help is needed! If the 
individual wants to quit smok- 
ing, he can ; if he does not want 
to quit, he will continue! 

Unconcerned — yes, there were 
those who said : "So what ?" One 
smoker said: "I don't intend to 
change my habits since I've been 
smoking for 42 years. It would 
be too tough to change." 

Another: "I've been smoking 
ever since I have been 10 years 



old and I'm not going to change 
my ways. If smoking doesn't get 
me, something else will." 

A salesman said: "I have 
heard all the reports but I still 
won't change my habits. I smoke 
about a pack of cigarettes every 
day. It's a hard habit to stop. 
I do believe that the reports of 
the Health Commission are true 
though." 

Even though countless smo- 
kers know that the report is 
true; even though they know it 
will shorten life; they are not 
willing to do something about it. 
The "so what?" attitude is ta- 
ken and life continues on — for 
a shorter period of time — but 
it continues on. 

This reminds us of the man 
who is lost without Christ, he 
knows he is lost, but refuses to 
do anything about it. In either 
case, the end is death — physical 
and spiritual. 

Rationalizing the problem was 
done in this fashion by one smo- 
ker: "I'm not going to change 
my smoking habits. I only smoke 
three packs a week and that 
is not enough to hurt anyone. 
I do believe that the reports are 
true but they pertain only to 
those who smoke a pack or two 
each day." The report was for 
all smokers, not just a few! It 
can only happen to someone 
else, he is saying ; but sometimes 
it can and does happen to us. 

To be sure, any one of us 
may become a victim of cancer, 



but if the doctor told us ahead 
of time that a certain food or 
element would be the cause of 
it, we would immediately avoid 
it. The same is true with cigar- 
ette smoking. Medical science 
has told us that this is the cause 
of cancer of the lungs ; why is it, 
then, that many will continue 
the habit? It cannot be ex- 
plained. 

How does this affect the 
Christian ? 

After reading the report of 
the United States Health Com- 
mission relative to this matter, 
we are compelled to read I Cor- 
inthians 3:16, 17: "Know ye not 
that ye are the temple of God, 
and that the Spirit of God dwell- 
eth in you? If any man defile 
the temple of God, him shall God 
destroy; for the temple of God 
is holy, which temple ye are." 

In Romans 12:1, "I beseech 
you therefore, brethren, by the 
mercies of God, that ye present 
your bodies a living sacrifice, 
holy, acceptable unto God, which 
is your reasonable service." 

We cannot rationalize away 
the results of the study; we 
cannot say, "it can't be done;" 
we cannot be unconcerned about 
it; we know the truth now, 
something has to be done by 
each Christian smoker! 

Let this be a challenge to you 
to quit the smoking habit! If 
you need the support of our 
prayers, let us know. S. G. 



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WASHINGTON, D. c. Rev. Jerry 
Flora reports the reception of two 
new members on Sunday, Decem- 
ber 29, 1963. These were received 
by baptism. 

viNco, PA. Rev. Henry Bates re- 
ports that three young men were 
recently received into membership 
of the church through baptism. 

AKRON, OHIO (FIRESTONE PARK) . At 

a recent business meeting, the con- 
gregation voted unanimously to 
accept the Building Committee and 
Official Board recommendation 
concerning the remodeling of the 
old sanctuary to provide Sunday 
School rooms. This work is to begin 
soon. 

ELKHART, INDIANA. Rev. J. Mllton 

Bowman reports the reception of 
seven new members by baptism in- 
to the church on Sunday evening, 
December 29. At the same time. 
Rev. Albert Curtright, pastor of 
Brighton Chapel, Howe, Indiana, 
baptized two candidates from his 
church. 






NORTH MANCHESTER, INDIANA. Three 

new members were taken into the 
church membership by baptism on 
November 29. On January 5, the 
W. M. S. had charge of the morn- 
ing service with Mrs. Richard 
Stahl, Huntington, Indiana, as the 
speaker. 

WARSAW, INDIANA. Four nsw mem- 
bers were received into the church 
recently. One by baptism and three 
by letter, according to Rev. Paul D. 
Tinkel, pastor. 



Memorials 

PUTERBAUGH. Mrs. Isabel Pu- 
terbaugh, 94, passed away on No- 
vember 25, 1963. She was a member 
of the Lanark, Illinois, Brethren 
Church. She was the mother of 
Mrs. R. R. Haun, who, with her 
husband, were members of the Ash- 
land College faculty for many 
years. Memorial services were con- 
ducted by the undersigned in Des 



Moines, Iowa. Interment in Lena, 
Illinois, Memorial Cemetery with 
Rev. Webster Hobb conducting 
graveside services. 

Rev. H. H. Rowsey 

MOSER. Mrs. Vera Mae Moser, 
65, passed away on December 8, 
1963. She was a member of the 
First Brethren Church of Water- 
loo, Iowa. Memorial services by the 
undersigned. Interment in Memor- 
ial Park Cemetery. 

Rev. H. H. Rowsey 

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HENDERSON. William Asa Hen- 
derson, age 77, passed away on De- 
cember 29, 1963. Services were con- 
ducted by the undersigned on De- 
cember 31. Interment in the High- 
land Cemetery. Mr. Henderson was 
a member of the Quiet Dell Breth- 
ren Church for over fifty years 
and was a Sunday School teacher 
in the Cameron Brethren Church. 
Rev. Cecil Bolton, Jr. 



Weddings 

BUEHNER - REYNOLDS. Miss 
Nancy A. Buehner and Mr. William 
E. Reynolds were united in mar- 
riage by the undersigned in the 
First Brethren Church of Gratis, 
Ohio, on December 24, 1963. Mr. 
and Mrs. Reynolds will reside in 
Columbus, Ohio. 

Rev. Thomas A. Schultz 



"WHO'S WHO" 

FIFTEEN ASHLAND COLLEGE seniors have been 
nominated for listing in "Who's Who in Ameri- 
can Colleges and Universities." Of the fifteen, four 
are Brethren students: Thomas Grisso, Carolyn Im- 
mel, Jerry Oberly and Lois Elaine Staley. 

Thomas Grisso, majoring in Psychology and So- 
ciology, is the son of Rev. and Mrs. Vernon D. Grisso, 
Tucson, Arizona. He has been nominated for a Wood- 
row Wilson Fellowship and has received the Best 
Actor's Award for the past two years. His activities 
include Chapel Choir, Ivy Leaguers, Drama^ Dormitory 
Counselor, Collegian staff, Student Senate, Circle K 
Club and Track Team. 

Carolyn Immel, majoring in Vocal Music Education, 
is the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Woodrow Immel, 
North Manchester, Indiana. A member of the "Voice 
of the Brethren Church" Radio Choir, she is the 
soloist and secretary of the Chapel Choir and presi- 
dent of Musicagiia. Carolyn is also a member of the 
Women's Gospel Team and the Band. 



Jerry Oberly (not in picture) , majoring in Busi- 
ness and Psychology, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John 
Oberly, Wyatt, Indiana. Active in Circle K, a service 
organization, he is Governor of the Ohio District of 
Circle K this year and was president of the campus 
group in 1962-63. President of Phi Sigma Chi frater- 
nity, he is a member of the Chapel Choir, Ivy Leaguers 
and the Monitors Club. 

Lois Elaine Staley, majoring in Elementary Educa- 
tion, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin T. Staley, 
Hagerstown, Md. A member of the "Voice of the 
Brethren Church" Radio Choir, she is president of 
the Women's Gospel Team this year. Her other ac- 
tivities include Myers Hall House Council, Campus 
Women's Council — Judicial Board, Campus Judiciary 
Board, Head Counselor of Myers Hall, and Chapel 
Choir. 

We wish to congratulate these four, as well as the 
other eleven, for this honor which has been bestowed 
upon them. 

We also wish to thank the staff of The Collegian 
for the individual writeups and the photo used on 
the cover of this issue of The Brethren Evangelist. 



January 25, 1964 



Page Five 



THE 
HYMN 
SCHOOL 



r 



by Jean Lersch 



Hymn of the Month: 



Charles Wesley 



Love Divine 



John ZundeL 



Love di-vtne. ail Loves cx-ccU-lng, Joy of heav'n.to 
BreatnCjO breathe Thy lov-ing Spir-ii In -to cv- ery 
Come, Al-might - y to de - Uv - er. Let us all Thy 
Fin - teh, then, Thy new ere -a-tion,fljre and spot-less 




earth come down; Fix In us Thy hum-ble dwelt-ing, AllThy 
trou-bUd breast! Let us oil In Thcc Ln - her-Lt, Let us 
grace re-celve; Sud-den-ly re-turn,andnev-er, Nev-er 
let_ us bej Let us see Thy great sal -va-tlon Per-fect- 




faith -fulm«r-cles crown! Je-sus,Thou art all com-pas-ston, 
find the promised rest; Take a-way our bent to sin-nlng, 
more Iby tem-ples leavcThcc we would be airways bless-ing, 
ly re-stored inThee-.Changedfiromglo-ry In-to glo-ry. 




Pure, un-bound-ed love Thou art; Vis - it us with 
Al - pha and O - me - ga be; End of faith, as 
Serve Thee as Thy hosts a - bove. Pray, and praiseThee 
Till In heaven we take our pUaee, Till we cost our 




Thy sal - va - tion, En -ten ev - cry trem-bllng heart, 
its be - gin -ning,Sctour hearts at lib - er - ty. 
with -out ccas -Ing, Slo-ry Ln Thy per -feet love, 
crowns be-fore Thee, Lost In won-der, love, and praise. 



FEBRUARY IS THE MONTH that reminds us of 
different kinds of love. Valentine's day emphasizes 
the love of sweethearts; birthdays of national leaders 
stir up the love of country; but the LOVE DIVINE 
excels. The Greek language expresses this superiority. 
The Greek word for love, from which we derive the 
word "philantropy" indicates a general love for man- 
kind which prompts service or gifts to others. "Eros," 
the Greek god of love, is the equivalent of our Cupid 
which we see on valentines. But the word "agape" 



is the name for divine love that we symbolize with 
the love feast in our communion service. "Love di- 
vine, all loves excelling." 

Charles Wesley has again given us a rich storehouse 
of truth. Each phrase of his hymn contains nourish- 
ing meat for the Christian to grow on. Those who have 
attended church for many years tend to mouth the 
words without savoring their content. Study and 
thought must accompany the hymn's use before it 
can bring meaning to the worshipper. Ponder the 
thoughts of the phrases, now, for a real experience 
of reverence. 
Stanza One 

Jesus Christ — "the divine nature was his from the 
first; yet he did not think to snatch at equality with 
God, but made himself nothing^ assuming the nature 
of a slave. Bearing the human likeness, revealed in 
human shape, he humbled himself, and in obedience 
accepted even death" (Philippians 2:6-8 — NEB) — ex- 
pressed divine love. He was the "joy of heaven to 
earth come down." He crowns His faithful mercies by 
continuing to humble Himself in our hearts. 
Stanza Two 

Notice the mention of our inheritance and our rest 
in Christ. We are joint-heirs with Him (Romans 8: 
16, 17) . Jesus promised us rest as we take up His yoke. 
The writer of Hebrews tells us we find the "promised 
rest" as we cease from our own works. 

We are born with a "bent to sinning." We cannot 
go straight on our own. From our earthly ancestor, 
Adam, we inherit the tendency to sin. Only as we 
grow in Christ can this deformity be corrected. 

Christ is the "Alpha and Omega," the beginning 
and final letters of the Greek alphabet. As our be- 
ginning, He stirs up our faith, raising us from our 
dead state. As our end, He is the object of our faith. 
Stanza Three 

Look forward to the day of Christ's return when 
we will be constantly serving^ praying and praising 
Him. Then we can receive "all Thy grace." Then we 
will be delivered to constant communion in perfect 
love. 
Stanza Four 

Standing on tiptoe, straining to enjoy this blessed 
state in the future, we continue the theme. The 
Apostle Paul wrote about this same expectancy in 
Romans 8:21, 22. Because the creature itself also 
shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption 
into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For 
we know that the whole creation groaneth and tra- 
vaileth in pain together until now. 

Motivated by the Love Divine, Charles Wesley has 
crammed into these four stanzas enough thoughts 
about love to cause us to be "lost in wonder, love, 
and praise." 

This hymn of Charles Wesley's, along with his 
many others, helped bring revival in the eighteenth 
century England where corruption and evil were 
common from the clergy to the cockneys. 

May we continue to let this hymn remind us of 
the depths of the divine love. May we use its message 
to call us to extend that Love Divine to those who 
need Him. 

Cuts furnished by 
COOPERATIVE RECREATION SERVICE, INC. 



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WILL A MAN ROB GOD? 



by Paul W. Winter 



MALACHI ASKED THE PEOPLE of his day, "Will 
a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But 
ye say. Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and 
offerings" (Mai. 3:8). The whole nation of God's cho- 
sen people, the Jews, was guilty of robbing God; and 
because of this evil, they were living under a curse. 
"Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, 
even this whole nation" (Mai. 3:9). 

Everyone who robs God is under the curse of God, 
and cannot have His blessings. Adam robbed God 
when he took of the forbidden fruit in the garden 
of Eden; in so doing, he brought the whole human 
race under the curse of sin. And man has been rob- 
bing God ever since. 

The Jews were commanded of God to give one-tenth 
of all that they produced, also they were commanded 
to give certain offerings, this they had failed to do. 
As a result of withholding from God that which they 
were commanded to give, certain pests were destroy- 
ing their crops and the vines and fruit trees were 
casting off their fruits prematurely; but God's proph- 
et was there with a remedy. 

"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that 
there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now 
herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open 
you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a bless- 
ing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. 

"And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and 
he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither 
shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the 
field, saith the Lord of hosts. 

"And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall 
be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts" (Mai. 
3:10-12). 

God offers to lift the curse, and He offers to open 
the windows of heaven and pour out blessings that 
cannot be received, if man will but give to God that 
which He requires of man. 

But there are those who think that tithing was just 
for Old Testament believers, or those living under the 
laws of Moses, and is not binding upon the New Tes- 
tament Christians. And there are those who seem to 
think that their Christian responsibilities are all 
fulfilled when they have paid their tithes. But both 
groups are wrong. Jesus gave His followers a much 
higher standard as to morality and giving than was 
given to the children of Israel by Moses; for example, 
under the commandments of Moses such as: "Thou 
shalt not kill," one was not guilty unless he commit- 
ted the act of killing, but under the commandments 
of Jesus, anyone hating another, or desiring to kill, 
was a murderer. The same is true with regard to 
stealing, adultery and idolatry. As to giving, Jesus 
teaches us that we should give Him ourselves, our love, 
our time, our talents, our service and that every- 
thing we possess is His and we are merely stewards 



over His property, to do with it as He directs us through 
His Word and by the moving of the Holy Spirit in 
our hearts. To give less is robbery. 

We Must Give Ourselves 

No Christian is completely in the will of God until 
he gives himself completely to God. "/ beseech you 
therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye 
present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable 
unto God, which is your reasonable service" (Rom. 
12:1). 

We should realize that we are God's property, and 
to deny Him what rightfully belongs to Him is just 
plain robbery. "What? know ye not that your body 
is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which 
ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye 
are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your 
body, and in your spirit, which are God's (I Cor. 6: 
19, 20). 

How would we feel if we bought a house for a dwell- 
ing place, and after paying a tremendous price, we go 
to take possession of the house and learn that it is 
occupied by a wicked, lying, cheating person who 
won't give possession? Then, after we try about ev- 
erything possible to get possession, this wicked per- 
son offers us one small portion of the house; would 
we be satisfied with the offer? No, and neither is 
Christ satisfied when we offer Him a part of our- 
selves. Jesus paid a tremendous price for us, that 
He might dwell in us and do great things through us, 
but He will not accept a portion of us — it is all or 
nothing! 

This wicked person, whom we allow to possess us 
in our carnal natures, and Jesus Christ cannot share 
the same place in our lives. This is why the apostle 
Paul found it necessary to crucify himself daily in 
order for Christ to possess him and live in him. And 
before Christ can possess us and dwell in us, we must 
crucify ourselves, our carnal natures and continue to 
do so daily; only thus can we give ourselves wholly to 
Jesus. 

We Must Give Him Our Love 

"Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy 
God luith all thy hea^'t, and with all thy soul, and 
loith all thy mind" (Matt. 22:37). This is where a 
lot of us rob God, we have a tendency to love our- 
selves, and the things of this present world, more 
than we love God. "// any man love the world, the 
love of the Father is not in him" (I John 2:15b). 

In order for us to love God as we are commanded 
in the first and greatest commandment, that is with 
all our hearts, soul and mind, we need to have the love 
of the Father abiding in us, otherwise it would be im- 
possible for us to keep this commandment. So many 
people fail at this point. They think that it is im- 
possible to keep the commandments of Jesus and 
they fail to recognize that God gives us supernatural 



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power through the Holy Ghost. With the love of God 
shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost, and as 
we continue being obedient to the Holy Ghost, the 
keeping of His commandments becomes easy be- 
cause He motivates us from the heart to do that 
which is pleasing to BLim. Then, and only then, is 
giving blessed, profitable or acceptable unto God as 
taught in the thirteenth chapter of I Corinthians. 
Then, and only then, can we enjoy giving, whether 
it be our time, our love, our talents, or money. Any 
giving that is not motivated from the heart by the 
Holy Ghost is a burden to those who give and the 
gift is not blessed, or profitable, or acceptable. "Every 
man according as he purposeth in his hearty so let 
him give; not grudgingly^ or of necessity: ior God 
loveth a cheerful giver" (1 Cor. 9:7). How much 
should a Christian give? "According as he purposeth 
in his heart," as he is directed by the Holy Ghost! 
The early church grew and prospered from the day 
of Pentecost, and here are some of the reasons: men 
and women first gave themselves, then gave their time, 
talents, and property as they were directed by the 
Holy Ghost. Read Acts 2:41-47. 

How Much Should a Christian Give? 

The scribes and Pharisees were strict tithers, but 
still Jesus condemned them. "For I say unto you, That 
except your righteousness shall exceed the righteous- 
ness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case 
enter into the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 5:20). This 
statement from our Lord Jesus leads us to believe 
that tithing is not enough. I believe that the parable 
that Jesus gave in Matthew 25:14-30, teaches us very 
clearly what are our responsibilities relative to giv- 
ing. The man travelling to a far country represents 
God; His own servants represent Christians; the 
talents represent the things that God has given us 
which include: time, talents, ability, influence, chil- 
dren, and property. The parable teaches us that God 
is Lord of all, and all things are His, and we Christians 
are stewards over His property. And — "It is required 
in stewards that a man be found faithful." Like the 
servants in the parable, we will some day stand be- 
fore our Lord and give an account of our stewardship. 

The servant who was given five talents gave back 
to his Lord ten talents — or two hundred per cent. 
Likewise, the servant who was given two talents re- 
turned to his Lord, four talents — or two hundred per • 
cent. But the servant who was given one talent was 
called wicked, slothful and unprofitable, and was 
condemned because he gave his Lord only one hun- 
dred per cent. I wonder what his Lord would have 
said to him if he had only returned ten per cent, 
having squandered the other ninety per cent upon 
his own lustful self? 

I wonder how much the Lord's work would suffer 
today if all the Lord's people returned to Him only 
ten per cent or less, as some do? I wonder! 

There is yet another lesson for us from the parable 
of the talents: "His lord said unto him, Well done, 
thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faith- 
ful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over 
many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord" 
(Matt. 25:21). The faithful servant is no longer a 
servant, but now a ruler over many things, and his 
Lord takes the talent from the unprofitable servant 



and gives unto him who hath the ten talents; he 
now has eleven talents! "For unto every one that 
hath shall be given" (Matt. 25:29a). Did you ever 
stop to consider the reasons why men like R. G. Le- 
Tourneau prosper and give millions to the Lord? They 
have died to self and live for Christ, they love Him 
and desire to give Him their best; they pray and 
exercise faith to give, they work untiringly with hand 
and mind to give; they live to give; and God gives to 
them. "Give, and it shall be given unto you" (Luke 
6:38a). 

And there are so many unprofitable one-talent 
servants in the world today; and so few faithful live- 
talent servants; and after the Lord takes the talents 
from the unprofitable servants and gives them to the 
profitable servants, the result is men like Brother 
LeTourneau. 

May God help us to be faithful servants, and may 
we enter into the joy of our Lord as the result of our 
faithfulness. If we will all do our best, there will be 
workers, and finances to support the workers, and 
missionaries will be sent out, and the gospel will be 
preached to every creature as God has commanded. 

Will a man rob God? If we are not giving Him our 
best, then we are the wicked, slothful servant men- 
tioned in the parable. 

Read Matthew 25:14-30. And thanks be to God, we 
can yet be profitable servants if we will! 




Dates: February 2 — March 8, 1964 

Theme: "Training for Visitation 
EvangeBism" 

Sponsored by THE NATIONAL 

BRETHREN MINISTERIAL 
ASSOCIATION 
Committee: Rev. Charles C. Bader 
Rev. J. G. Dodds 
Rev. Jerald D. Radcliff 




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Yolth 
'flrusaders 



SUMMER 
CRUSADING 



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CHURCHES: You are the ones who put the Crusaders 
to work for the Lord! If you should need help in 
your Bible School this summer, all you need to do 
is apply to Brethren Youth for such help, agree to 
provide room and board for the Crusaders while 
they are with you and we ask for one offering to 
help defray travel expenses for the Crusaders. Or 
if your church would like to have a pastor's assistant 
or a team for census and survey work or some 
similar project, Crusaders are your answer. They 
are also available for manual labor in special areas. 
Applications to obtain Crusaders in these areas were 
included in the Quarterly Newsletter to pastors 
and youth leaders or they may be obtained from the 
National Youth Office. When we know your needs, 
we select the Crusaders for you and train them in 
that area. Applications must be in by April 1, 1964. 

YOUTH: If you desire on-the-field experience and 
training, Summer Crusading is for YOU! Anyone 
now completing his sophomore year in high school 
may apply for a Crusader position during the 1964 



summer season. Applications were sent in the 
Quarterly Newsletter to pastors and youth leaders 
or you may write directly to the Brethren Youth 
Office for an application. Fill this form out com- 
pletely and return immediately to the Youth Of- 
fice for processing. You will then be notified whether 
you have been accepted or not. Applications must 
be in by April 1, 1964. The National Youth Board 
pays the Crusader's travel expenses and also $15 
per week of service on tuition at Ashland College 
if the Crusader attends Ashland College. Crusaders 
are trained at a Workshop early in the spring. 



IDEA 
BOX 




NOISY NEIGHBORS 

This game will provide fun for your parties or use 
it at each place setting for your banquets. It makes 
a good conversation piece! 

Who's making what noise? Only one of each group 
is correct: 

1. What's quacking? 

(a) Quadrant 

(b) Mallard 

(c) Sargasso 

2. What's barking? 

(a) Dalmatian 
lb) Terrane 
(c) Mortmain 

3. What's neighing? 

(a) Norfolk 

(b) Magyar 

(c) Percheron 

4. What's buzzing? 

(a) Apidae 

(b) Aves 

(c) Pisces 



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5. What's cackling? 

(a) Barrack 

(b) Petcock 

(c) Minorca 

6. What's meowing? 

(a) Petard 

(b) Manx 

(c) Majorca 

7. What's grunting? 

(a) Beldam 

(b) Plymouth Rock 

(c) Poland China 

8. What's hissing? 

(a) Aspen 

(b) Cobalt 

(c) Moccasin 

9. What's crowing? 

(a) Ferdinand 

(b) Chanticleer 

(c) Gumbo 

10. What's howling? 

(a) Lupine 

(b) Feline 

(c) Porcine 

11. What's bleating? 

(a) Cotswold 

(b) Tabasheer 

(c) Jersey 

12. What's cooing? 

(a) Piggin 

(b) Dover 

(c) Pouter 

13. What's chirping? 

(a) Chicle 

(b) Cricket 

(c) Clipper 

14. What's mooing? 

(a) Merino 

(b) Guernsey 

(c) Duroc-Jersey 

15. What's cheeping? 

(a) Angora 

(b) Wyandotte 

(c) Beagle 

Oh_ yes, the answers in italics are the correct an- 
swers. How well did you do? 



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OutftoO«/ 
SERVICE TO WHOM? 



"SERVICE" is one of the most overworked words 
in the world today. We see it and hear it on every 
side. Service stations, service talks, service charges, 
diaper service, service this and service that — most 
of them carefully disregarding the fact that the ser- 
vice rendered and the return demanded are often 
greatly out of proportion to each other. People are 
beginning, however, to realize that nobody is going 
to want anything that does not supply real need — 
render some actual service. The agent of a large firm 
selling household articles remarked some time ago, 
"If you will look at our advertising, you will see that 
what we stress every time is not the price, nor even 
the quality, but the service the article will render to 
the purchaser." It is not a bad point of view for the 
business world to get — or for anyone, anywhere, for 
that matter of fact. 

"Here are your professions," the world says to 
each of us, "but what do they amount to? Of what 
use is the thing you have to offer? What can it do 
for people? What service will they get out of it?" 
And we must prove the serviceableness of our mer- 
chandise, our hands or our brains, or confess our- 
selves failures. 

Religion had this word long before business got 
hold of it; and here, also, it is being worked overtime 
today. Indeed, there are some people who would 
make it practically the only word in the spiritual realm, 
and express all religion in terms of service. In fact, 
we may say that almost a revolution in religious 
thinking has come about in a few generations by the 
simple dropping of one letter from this word. "Re- 
ligious services" — church going and other forms of 
devotion — used to be considered by many persons 
an adequate expression of the spiritual life. Today, 
we have changed the emphasis from "services" to 
"service," and are in danger of losing worship alto- 
gether from our religious program, substituting some 
form of practical philanthropy. 

Let Us be very clear on this point. Our Lord Jesus 
Christ does call us to service. He makes the word our 
badge of honor, as it was His own garb of humility. 
But He never divorces it from the personal relation 
of the soul to God. He never says, "Just go ahead 



and do good to your fellow men, and everything will 
be all right." His own glorious life of service was 
wrought out of nights of communion with His Father 
and ours. We can find nowhere else the power to serve 
in our own measure. 

As a matter of fact, there is no such thing as ser- 
vice or disservice to man alone. This is what He 
means when He says, "Inasmuch as ye have done it 
unto these, ye have done it unto Me." Not that He 
accepts service to man as a substitute for devotion to 
Him; He simply recognizes the fact that such ser- 
vice could never have been rendered without love 
to Him as a controlling power, whether we realize it 
clearly or not. There is no other motive that will 
set men and women to working unselfishly, ungrudg- 
ingly, unceasingly, except this motive of love and duty 
to a divine Lord. All other incentives will fail us; 
we shall grow weary and discouraged and pessimistic 
if we try to serve for the sake of man alone. For man 
is ungrateful and obtuse; half the time he does not 
seem to realize that we are doing anything for Him 
at all. We shall soon be disgusted and give up the 
task if we try to do good for the sake of humanity. 

But when we introduce the higher motive, and look 
upon man not only as our disagreeable, quarrelsome, 
unworthy neighbor, but as one "for whom Christ 
died" — that Christ who died for us as well, to whom 
we owe everything — then service becomes a new 
thing, and we have a driving force that shall never 
wear out. And so, after all, it is to Him that we ren- 
der all our service. It is a wonderful word when He 
is in it — and well-nigh an empty one without Him. 
May He teach us the fullness of its meaning! 

— Selected 

WHEN LIFE IS DONE 

I'd like to think when life is done 

That I had filled a needed post, 
That here and there I'd paid my fare 
With more than idle talk and boast; 
That I had taken gifts divine, 
The breath of life and manhood &ne, 
And tried to use them now and then 
In service to my fellow man. 

Edgar A. Guest 



Support Brethren Publications this month 
Offering Goal - $8,000 



January 25, 1964 



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SMAHQOD 



A Letter 
from your 
Literature Secretary 




Hi, 

Beginning is always the most 
exciting part of a semester. The 
first time in a new class is like 
a glimpse into a vast new field 
just waiting to be explored. The 
professor introduces the field, open- 
ing the doors to a new learning 
experience. 

There is never an end to learn- 
ing, and there is never an end to 
what we Sisterhood girls can do 
for our Lord. 

In mailing your supplies, I feel 
as if I know many of you. Just 
an order of "16 program booklets, 
2 stewardship books, 6 covenant 
cards" tells me a lot about your 
society; that yours is a good-sized 
society and is gaining new mem- 
bers. It is especially thrilling to 
receive a letter from a starting so- 
ciety asking for all the materials 
necessary to meet our goals. 

Beginning a new society is as 
exciting as beginning a new se- 
mester in school (even more so) . 
We enthusiastically dive into the 
work, eager to explore the possibili- 
ties and meet the responsibilities. 
We welcome each new society, hop- 



ing that you will write to us if 
you need help in any way. 

There is no ending to the use- 
fulness of the work of Sisterhood. 
Therefore, at the beginning of this 
semester, shall we renew our pur- 
pose for this year. Let's take 
another look at our goals and 
check our progress in each area. 
Next, let us find extra ways to be 
helpful in our church and com- 
munity, not being satisfied to be 



like the C student who does only 
what is required of him. 

While we have an active en- 
thusiasm for the new semester why 
don't we let it leak into our new 
and "renewed" societies. 

May the Lord bless you in your 
school year and especially in your 
Sisterhood activities. 

In His Name, 
Joann Ingraham 



REMINDER 
YOUR DUES ARE DUE 

National and District dues should be sent in im- 
mediately. The deadline is January 31. The National 
dues are 50^ to all 9 — 12 years old, and $1.00 for girls 
13 and on up. The District dues are 10^ per member. 

Where to send? 

NATIONAL 

Joanne Slabaugh 
Myers Hall 
Ashland College 
Ashland, Ohio 

DISTRICT 

Southeast — Nancy Litton. 823 Woodland Way, Ha- 

gerstown, Md. 
Pennsylvania — Maxine Bates, Route 1, Box 114, Min- 
eral Point, Pa. 
Ohio — Janet Summy, 907 Claremont Ave., Ashland, 

Ohio 
Indiana — Candace Dickson, Box 266, Burlington, ind. 
Mid-West — Mary Loper, 119 N. Second St., Mulvane, 
Kansas 

DO THIS RIGHT AWAY! 



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LOVE 



Opening Prayer: Leader 
Scripture: I Corinthians 13 
Key Verse: I Corinthians 13:13 

What is love? I am sure all of us have, at one time 
or another^ asked ourselves this question; we have 
wondered what effect it has on our lives, how it affects 
and concerns the world about us, and is love the 
most important earthly aspect in dominating our lives. 

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; 
but the greatest of these is charity (I Cor. 13:13). In 
this passage, love is referred to as charity. Charity 
and love are one and the same. God has told us that 
above all earthly emotions, ideas ideals and thoughts, 
love is the greatest. 

We have established that love is the greatest as- 
pect in the human life on earth. In studying the 
thirteenth chapter of I Corinthians, it is quite impor- 
tant that we keep in mind that love and charity hold 
the same meaning. In this chapter, we are told what 



love is and just what love can do for us. Without 
love, we are nothing. Through the knowledge we find 
in the great love chapter, we realize that our lives, 
our every survival, not only here in the world to- 
day_ but more important in the life to come after 
death, is dependent upon the love that we give and 
receive. 

Let us now look at some more Scripture that will 
give us a further and greater knowledge of love. 
John 13:35 tells us to have love one for another. John 
15:12 and 13 give us Christ's commandment to love 
one another as Christ loved us. Then in the thirteenth 
verse, we are told of the greatest love ever known; 
the love which Christ had in His heart to lay down 
His life for us. 

In closing, I ask everyone to read II Corinthians 
13:11 and remember that the God of love shall be 
with you always. 

Sing the hymn "Love Lifted Me" and have a prayer 
circle remembering the gracious love of God. 



THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUTH 

Fred W. Brant 



As ALL CHRISTIAN LAYMEN KNOW, they made 
themselves responsible for our Boys' Brother- 
hood and Young Men. In the Gospel of St. John, 
chapter 6, we have a story of an unusual lad, who, 
when he heard that Jesus was to appear in the neigh- 
borhood on a certain day, decided that he would 
go and hear Jesus speak and see Him perform His 
marvelous miracles of healing. 

I am thinking of the time when I was a lad. I re- 
member when we were permitted to go to worship 
in the wide open spaces and the services lasted all 
day long. We took our lunches. This was a very unusual 
lad. As you notice, he had a rather large lunch for 
a lad. I like to think that, as his mother was pack- 
ing his lunch, he said, "Double that lunch." When 
his mother asked_ "Why?" the lad replied, "Mother, 
it may be that Jesus will have no lunch and then 
I can share my lunch with Him.'' This lad put Jesus 
first, others second and himself last. That is the 



kind of Brotherhood Boy the Lord Jesus is looking 
for. 

There was present, a kindly layman upon whom 
Jesus could depend. His name was Andrew. He was 
the same Andrew who brought his brother, Simon 
Peter, to Jesus. When Jesus saw a great crowd com- 
ing to Him, He said to Philip, "Where shall we buy 
bread that these may eat?" Philip did not have the 
answer. Andrew spoke up and said, "Here is a lad 
who has five barley loaves and two small fishes." 
Philip had said, "We are short of money." Brotherhood 
Boys have heard that too many times. Do I, do you, 
help the boys with money? Shame on us laymen! 
Here is where this kindly layman, by the name of 
Andrew, shines. Jesus is able to take care of any 
crisis, if we obey orders. Jesus blessed the food and 
gave it to His disciples. They gave it to the multitude 
and all the people were filled. They gathered up 
twelve baskets full of food that was left. 



January 25, 1964 



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Parents, do you ask a blessing upon the food be- 
fore you eat? I want to give you a secret: if you 
ask a blessing upon your food before you eat, it will 
taste better, and you may be sure that you will have 
less indigestion. My dear Brotherhood Boys, if your 
parents do not ask grace at the table, you should 
set them a good example. You ask grace. I know of 
instances where Brotherhood Boys have asked grace, 
and also started family worship in their homes. Yes, 
you guessed it. The parents soon fell in line and be- 
came real Christians and all the family became 
Christian. You would recognize the family names if 
I should mention them. We need more lads like the 
one in this story, and more kindly laymen like Andrew. 

This writer asked divine guidance before writ- 
ing this Brotherhood article and the above is what 
the Holy Spirit led him to write. 

Please, Brethren Laymen, in the name of Jesus, help 
your Brotherhood groups spiritually and financially, 
and God will bless you richly. 



MEN 

WOULD YOU LIKE to have your news items 
about your laymen's organization and 
other articles appropriate for use in THE LAY- 
MEN PAGES of The Brethren Evangelist to ap- 
pear as you write them, including names prop- 
erly spelled? You would? Here's how: 

TYPE, DOUBLE SPACED, ON eight and one- 
half by five and one-half paper, lengthwise, with 
a one-inch margin at the top and three-fourth 
inch margin at the sides and bottom. (I'm 
sure there is somebody in your church who 
types, and will be glad to do it for you . . . 
Thanks.) 

BE SURE TO SEND IT TO ME! 

Ye Ed, Floyd S. Benshoff 
148 Wilson St. 
Johnstown, Penna. 



Canton, Ohio 

nPHE LAYMEN'S CLUB of our Canton church met 
1 on the evening of December 10 and had as our 
guests the men from the Louisville and Massillon 
churches. 

Mr. Carr, of the Ohio Bell Telephone Co., gave a 
very interesting talk and demonstration of the 
SatelUte Telestar. He told how the original idea was 
developed by their scientists and people from the 
American Telephone and Telegraph Company. He 
said this satellite now circles our globe about twice 
every twenty-four hours. Mr. Carr emphasized that 
Telestar was developed and is being used only by 
the peace-loving nations of the world. All the men 
present enjoyed the program and we recommend it 
to others. 

George Schuster reported on the progress of the 
club's project of helping to furnish money in order 
that the radio program, "The Voice of the Brethren 
Church," might continue its broadcast over WADC 
in Akron, Ohio. All persons within listening range 



of 1350 on the AM dial are encouraged to tune in ev- 
ery Sunday evening at 6:30. 

Vern Latta led the devotions and gave a short talk 
on "The Seven Reasons for Prayer." We found that 
the number one reason for praying is that God com- 
mands it in Luke 18:1. Won't you. Fellow Laymen, 
read this passage and heed its instruction? We, here, 
at Trinity Brethren are trying and hope that each 
of you are also trying. 

Carl Hamerstine, 
reporter 

Southern Indiana 
District Laymen 

THE FIRST CHURCH OF PERU, Indiana, laymen 
were the host to the Southern District meeting 
on November 18, 1963. A fine turkey dinner, with all 
the "trimmins," was served the men by the W. M. S. 
aided by the S. M. M. girls of the host church. 

George Brown was in charge of the meeting. Sev- 
eral songs opened the meeting with Charles McKinley 
reading the Scripture and Rev. Dana Hartong, pastor 
of our Wabash church, sang a solo entitled "I'm in 
love with the Lover of my soul." 

James Donaldson, of Mexico church, was in the 
chair to conduct a short business session. The fol- 
lowing officers were elected to serve in the coming 
year: 

Chairman, James Payne of Burlington; Vice chair- 
man, George Brown of Peru; Secretary-Treasurer, J. 
C. Draper of College Corner. 

A total of 67 men answered to roll call with North 
Manchester and Peru vying for top honors and tying 
the score with each having nine. Rev. Buck Garrett 
of Colon, Michigan, gave a very inspirational message, 
which the men fully appreciated. 

The February meeting of this group will be held 
at the Roann, Indiana, church. 

Linwood Takes 
its Stand 

WE, THE LAYMEN Of the Linwood Brethren 
Church of Linwood, Maryland, want to voice 
our strong disapproval of the recent decision of the 
Supreme Court to outlaw Bible reading and prayer in 
the public schools. It seems that the Supreme Court, 
for which I, at one time, had great respect, was too 
easily influenced by the ideas and opinions of one 
atheistic woman and we hope and pray that some- 
thing can soon be done to correct this serious mistake. 

Wm. McKinstry, 
Secretary 



HIS OFFERING 

When a collection was being counted after an 
enthusiastic missionary meeting, a small piece 
of paper was found on the plate, in which was 
one word, "Myself." It was put in by a young man 
who had given himself that night to the service 
of Christ in the foreign field. 

— Selected 



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The Parson's Corner 

Rev. Albert- T. Ronk 



AND JUDAS SAID "IS IT I?" 

■"pHIS WRITER has been looking for a word that 
1 expresses the acme of Christian personality. 
The best that my thesaurus can come up with is 
amiable and it chases the word all the way back to 
the Latin. Amiable — that is good, correct, highbrow 
English, but let us go out in the alley and coin a 
down-to-earth word that hits us right between the 
eyes. How about GET- ALONG- WITHABLE-NESS? 
Webster's might frown on that but it says what I 
mean. 

May we refer back to the last Parson's Corner and 
the quotation from Galatians 5:15. "But if ye bite 
and devour one another, take heed that ye be not 
consumed one of another." Now let us paraphrase 
that into alley language: But if you keep snapping 
at and chewing one another out, beware lest you are 
all chewed to nothing and absorbed in your toxic 
saliva. Not a pretty picture, is it? 

You know, when we are chewing on one another, 
it is usually about faults and failings. The most harm 
is done to the chewer. He absorbs and feeds on the 
putrefication. We rarely snap and snarl at people's 
goodness. Like buzzards, we like the carrion. And 
Judas said, "Is it I?" 

Now about this get-along-withable-ness. Why do 
we so often disagree anyway? Isn't it usually due to 



misunderstanding one another? We can't see eye 
to eye because we wear the dark glasses of bias. We 
do not want to see the other person's angle of the 
same thing. The blind man who felt of an elephant's 
leg and exclaimed that an elephant is like a tree did 
not agree with the other blind investigator, who, 
while holding to the trunk, was positive that an ele- 
phant was like a serpent. If they had both reached 
a little with the other hand, each could have under- 
stood the other's viewpoint. We form our judgments 
of others by our own standards. Hear the Master, 
"With what measure ye mete, it shall be measured 
unto you; and more shall be given unto you." Judging 
others is a two-way street. If we measure others by 
good standards we shall be measured by the same 
standards. If we use a crooked yardstick, our own 
measure will be censorious. Note that more shall 
be given in either case. In the one, "Good measure, 
pressed down, shaken together, running over, shall 
they give into your bosom." In the other, remember, 
"He that leadeth into captivity shall go into cap- 
tivity: he that killeth with the sword shall perish 
with the sword." 

Why is there so much un-get-along-withable-ness 
among the saints? Isn't it the very things that Paul 
feared to find at Corinth (II Cor. 12:20)? "Lest by 
any means there be strife, jealousy, wraths, factions, 
backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults" was 
Paul's fear. We can roll those words from our tongues 
as we read about Corinth but not about the Church 
today. "And Judas said, 'Is it I?' " 

What is Christian ethics but get-along-withable- 
ness? 



Daily Devotions 

General Theme for the Year: "APPROVED UNTO GOD" 
Theme for February — "IN OUR LOVE FOB OUR JVEIGHBOR" 

Writer tor February — Mrs. Alvin H. Grumbling 
February 1st through 7th — "What Is I^ove?" 



Saturday, February 1, 1964 

Read Scripture: I John 4:16-21 

To a little child, love is not a 
definition. It is a person or persons, 
Mama or Daddy_ who meet his 
needs; Grandpa and Grandma, who 
delight in him. And as I John 
4:8 tells us in the same simple 
way, God is love. As adults, we 
like to probe a little deeper into 
the meaning. As we grow up, we 
discover love is more than being 
loved. Love is also concern about 
another's well-being. The words 
"another's well-being" give scope 
and meaning to the word "love." 
Another's well-being may require 
the maturity of restraint as well as 



the giving of momentary happiness. 
Such is the depth of God's de- 
votion and love to us. And such 
is our love to others when it is 
His reflected through us. 

The Day's Thought 
Our God is love; and all His saints 

His image bear below: 
The heart with love to God inspired. 

With love to man will glow. 

Sunday, February 2, 1964 

Read Scripture: I John 4:7-12 

When we become more concerned 
about another's well-being than 
we are even about our own, then 
we begin to glimpse just the be- 
ginning of the great love God has 



Our writer for the month of Feb- 
ruary is Mary Elizabeth Grumblint; 
of Manteca, California. Slie is thi 
wife of Rev. Alvin Grumbling, pas- 
tor of the First Brethren Church ot 
Manteca. 

Mrs. Grumbling is active in the 
Junior Church of her church and is 
a writer of Children's stories. 

The Grumblings are the parents 
of two sons, Gary who is nine years 
old, and Dennis who is four. Mrs. 
Grumbling is the daughter of Re\ . 
C. Y. Gilmer of Lanark, Illinois. 



for us. As parents, our hearts long 
to spare our little children the bad 
falls of learning to walk, or mis- 
takes as teenagers that might mar 
them as adults. How much more 
God's tortured Father heart must 
have longed to reach down and 
snatch His suffering Son from the 
cross, cut off the pain, and spare 
Him death. Yet He restrained Him- 
self because He and His Son were 
so concerned for us and the sin 
we could not conquer or bear for 
ourselves. He and His Son paid 
the cost His devotion to our eternal 
well-being demanded. 



January 25, 1964 



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The Day's Thought 

This is the love that sought us, 
This is the love that bought us. 

This is the love that brought us, 
From darkness to the joys of 
light. 

Monday, February 3, 1964 

Read Scripture: John 15:1-12 

We seldom become mature Chris- 
tians at the moment of our new 
birth. Fruit-bearing is a growth 
process. The Spirit's work and 
fruit-bearing within us may re- 
quire both the sun of blessing and 
the rain of adversity. I was very 
slow in heart growth. It took the 
birth and presence of a cerebral- 
palsied child in our home for me 
to discover the God-given capacity 
within to be more concerned about 
another's well-being than for my 
own. It was only then that I 
learned the meaning of love. But I 
glimpsed the deep anguish and 
longing in God's great heart over 
His own children when they be- 
come broken and His deep yearning 



GRAHAM ADDRESSES 
PENTAGON CHRISTMAS 
SERVICE 

WASHINGTON, D. c. (Ep) — Dr. Billy 
Graham predicted ultimate peace 
for the world and foresaw imme- 
diate peace for individuals at the 
annual Christmas service in the 
Pentagon Building concourse spon- 
sored by the Pentagon Protestant 
Pulpit. 

Addressing an audience of 2,000, 
the evangelist declared; "The Bible 
says there will be wars and rumors 
of wars until Jesus Christ comes 
again to establish His Kingdom . . . 
Then we will know peace." 

Dr. Graham predicted that "His 
Kingdom will ultimately prevail." 
"There is a day coming," he went 
on, "when governments of this 
world will bow at the feet of Jesus 
Christ, the King of Kings and the 
Lord of Lords." 

His 20-minute address featured 
the annual Christmas service con- 
ducted under the auspices of the 
Office of Army Chief of Chaplains 
and the chaplain's office of the 
Military District of Washington. 
The evangelist said individual peace 
from feelings of guilt, hate and 
dishonesty comes by "opening your 
heart and receiving Jesus Christ as 
personal Saviour." 



to redeem them and have them 
whole again. 

The Day's Thought 

Faint not, Christian! though thy 
God 
Smite thee with the chast'ning 
rod; 
Smite He must with Father's care, 
That He may His love declare. 

Tuesday, February 4, 1964 

Read Scripture: Proverbs 10:1-12 
Strong aversion coupled with ill 
will stirs up quarrels and conten- 
tion for superiority. A faultfinding 
attitude and critical tongue tear 
down any relationship, Christian 
or otherwise. But love seeks to 
redeem it. Love forgives and cov- 
ereth all sins as Christ's love and 
sacrificed blood covers ours. Love 
builds it up. For example, the Chris- 
tian who is devoted to the well- 
being of his church does not tear it 
down with his tongue. He prays for 
it, works for it, builds it up with 
his love, for it is God's church 
and God in devotion to its well- 
being died for it. In the same man- 
ner, a Christian prays for the en- 
lightenment of his enemies. Christ, 
the Supreme Lover, cried, "Father, 
forgive them for they know not 
what they do." 

The Day's Thought 

We can never be too careful 
What the seeds our hands shall 
sow; 

Love from love is sure to ripen, 
Hate from hate is sure to grow. 

Wednesday, February 5, 1964 

Read Scripture: I Corinthians 13 

What is charity? Webster's Dic- 
tionary says it is Christian love; 
the act of loving all men as broth- 
ers because they are the sons of 
God. I Corinthians 13:4 tells us 
two positive and three negative 
qualities. Charity is patient and it 
is kind. These are also character- 
istics of God's behavior. "The Lord 
is not slack concerning his prom- 
ise, as some men count slackness; 
but is long suffering, not willing that 
any should perish, but that all 
should come to repentance" (II 
Peter 3:9). Here is patience and 
kindness with a purpose, that more 
might be saved. Charity on the 
other hand does not envy. It is 
not resentful or begrudging at 
another's excelling or receiving 
blessings. Nor does it consider or 
pride itself as better than others. 



The Day's Tliought 

"With all lowliness and meekness, 
with longsuffering^ forbearing one 
another in love" (Eph. 4:2). 

Thursday, February 6, 1964 

Read Scripture: I John 3:10-18 

I Corinthians 13:7 tells us charity 
beareth all things, sustains, up- 
holds, is responsible. It believeth 
all things, has faith and confidence. 
It hopeth all things. It desires the 
best with expectation of receiving 
it. Hope trusts. It also endureth 
all things. It lasts, continues, 
stands through times of suffering 
as well as times of happiness. God's 
love through Christ bears the cross, 
believes man can be saved through 
His sacrifice, hopes man will ac- 
cept His great salvation, and en- 
dures the doubts of the world to- 
day until the time of His victor- 
ious coming. "And now abideth 
faith, hope, charity, these three 
but the greatest of these is char- 
ity" — for it is not alone. It also 
includes faith (believeth all things) 
and hope (hopeth all things). 

The Day's Thought 
How good is the God we adore. 
Our faithful, unchangeable 
Friend 
Whose love is as great as His power 
And knows neither measure nor 
end. 

Friday, February 7, 1964 
Read Scripture: Matthew 5:43-48 

In Colossians 3:14, Paul urges us 
to "put on" charity. Paul calls it 
the bond or proof of perfectness. 
It is to be a part of us as well as 
a characteristic of God who is 
love. It makes us complete and 
sound. Jesus gives as a specific ex- 
ample, the order to love everyone, 
including our enemies, that we 
may be perfect as our Father in 
heaven which maketh His sun and 
rain to fall both on the just and 
unjust. Men and women of the 
world love their families and 
friends, but love enemies? Such 
love can only well up within our 
hearts as we yield our faltering 
spirits to Him asking that His love 
possess us and flow from us over- 
coming evil with His good. 

The Day's Thought 
All things change, He changeth 
not, 

Nor e'er forgets, though oft for- 
got; 
His love's unchangeably the same. 

And as enduring as His name. 



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FOR THE CAUSE OF 




OUR THANKFULNESS to have had the Solomon 
family in our midst can only be surpassed by 
our joy to hear they arrived safely in Buenos Aires, 
January 9. So very many people personally know 
them and not merely the names, Kenneth and Jean- 
nette Solomon, for during their furlough they car- 
ried forth a program of deputational work to 98 Breth- 
ren Churches and six District Conferences in addition 
to numerous special meetings. What a joy it was to 
see the infant, Joel, along with Timmy and Becky 
accompanying them! The Brethren denomination has 
been enriched by their presentation of the work in 
Argentina and is enthusiastic in the work our mis- 
sionaries are doing. 

The Solomons began their missionary service in 
Argentina, November 1958, after years of devoted 
preparation. They, of course, studied the Spanish 
language in Costa Rica after their initial formal ed- 
ucation at Ashland College. 

Ken completed his education at Ashland College 
and received his B.D. degree at the Ashland Theologi- 
cal Seminary and then his M.A. degree in Religious 
Education at the Hartford Seminary Foundation. 
Jeannette was becoming a proficient teacher in ele- 
mentary education and in due time, mother to three 
lovely children. 

During their four-year term in Argentina they 
were actively engaged in evangelistic work, Bible 



Training, preaching and administration. At the pres- 
ent time preliminary planning is being done for the 
Brethren Bible Institute of South America to be known 
as "Eden." The Missionary Board has named Reverend 
Solomon as their representative to the position of 
Administrator in this joint endeavor by the Field 
Council, The Argentine Brethren Church and the 
Missionary Board. 

May God bestow His heavenly grace on these faith- 
ful ones as Christ is lifted up by their efforts and 
all men may draw unto Him. 





MAILING LIST 




The Solomons are revising their 


mail- 


ing list am 


d are requesting that all 


who 


would like 


to be included, please 


send 


nanne and 


address to: 




THE 


MISSIONARY BOARD 




530 


College Ave. 




Ashland, Ohio 





January 25, 1964 



Page Seventeen 




GOOD NEWS 
FROM THE 
CHANDON 
BRETHREN 
CHURCH 



GREETINGS FROM HERNDON, VIRGINIA! Sue 
and I moved into the parsonage in Chandon 
Village (a sub-division on the south edge of Herndon) 
October 17. There was a little carpenter work yet 
to be done, but we are now all settled. Actually, the 
parsonage is ideal for the initial work which has to 
be done. It was so built that what normally would have 
been a double garage was made into a large complete 
room. Where the garage doors would have been, we 
have sliding glass doors. This room will seat 50 peo- 
ple and can be entered without actually entering the 
living quarters. 

The area of Herndon is challenging and full of po- 
tential. There are three large sub-divisions developing 
which in another 20 years will have a population 
of 175,000 and we are in on the ground floor. We are 
located in Chandon Village which has a population 
of 500 now and the builder has permits to start 36 
new homes as soon as the weather allows. Reston, 
about 10 minutes to the north of us, is just now open- 
ing for building and predicts a population of 1200 
by next Christmas. Sterling Park, another 10 minutes 
to the west, already has 1400 people and is growing 
rapidly. Besides these rather large developments, there 
are two smaller sub- divisions and four large apart- 
ment buildings nearby. So you can readily see the 
challenge of the Chandon Brethren Church! But 
these people are not simply statistics, they are souls 
in need of Christ! 

We started holding Sunday Worship Services and 
Sunday Bible School on November 24. Our largest 
attendance to date has been 21. Our Sunday Bible 
School is attracting many children in the immediate 
neighborhood and is steadily growing. Starting in 
the new year, we hope to divide into 5 classes: Pre- 
schoolers; first, second, third grades; fourth, fifth, 
sixth grades; Junior High and Senior High; and adults. 

I am making the following prayer requests so that 
your prayers can be specific and can more readily 
see how wonderfully God does answer prayer. 

PRAY for the establishment of a strong soul-win- 
ning, mission-minded church. 

PRAY for Sue and me, that we may be fit and ef- 
fective vessels of Christ. 

PRAY that God will raise up at least two born-again 



Christians to help us organize the Sunday Bible 

School. 
PRAY that some couple will soon open their home 

for a Bible Study Group. 
PRAY that our material needs for church and 

Sunday School will be met. 

Reverend Richard R. Kuns 



PROGRAM FOR PROGRESS 




You CAN HELP to build Brethren 
Churches. You can become an active 
partner in our Program for Progress by in- 
vesting in the Brethren Home Mission Re- 
volving Fund. Why not put your savings to 
work for the Lord through this means? 
Your loan can enable some Brethren Church 
in its building program; and at the same 
time, give you a return of up to 4% interest 
on your investment. Or, perhaps your church 
has an inactive building fund which could 
be used for this purpose until you are ready 
for your building program. 

Give your prayerful consideration to tak- 
ing an active part in our Program for Prog- 
ress in the Brethren Church. Write to the 
Missionary Board for further details. 



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CHILDREN'S 

DAILY DEVOTIONS - 

Mrs. Robert G. Holsinger 



Memory Scripture for the month — Matthew 7:7: 

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall 
find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 

January 29-February 4 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 1964 

Scripture: Matthew 21:28-31 
Two Sons 

Do you have a baby at your house? Almost the 
first word a baby learns to say is, "No." 

You will say^ "Do you want a drink?" 

"No," declares Baby, reaching his chubby, little 
hand up to get the cup you are offering him. 

"Do you want to go for a walk?" you ask. 

"No," answers Baby as he toddies to his stroller 
and waits to be lifted in. 

When Baby picks a pencil up, you say, "Please give 
the pencil to me." 

"No," replies Baby as he hands the pencil to you. 

What did you say when Mother asked you to dry 
the dishes? When Father asked you to rake the lawn? 

Perhaps like the boy in the Bible story you said 
"no," and then went to do what you were asked to do. 

You proved you loved your parents by obeying 
them. How much happier everyone would have been 
if you had said "yes" when you were first asked. 

Baby hasn't learned the word "yes" yet. You have. 
Remember to use it cheerfully today and everyday. 
Prayer: 

Help me. Father in heaven, to do my work cheer- 
fully today. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 1964 

Scripture: Matthew 22:36-40 

The Great Commandment 

Jesus said we should first of all love God. How can 
we show our love to Him? 

When we read the Bible, or listen while it is read 
to us, we show God we love Him. 

When we talk to God in prayer, we show Him we 
love Him. 

When we are quiet and reverent in church, we 
show we love God. 

Jesus also said we should love our neighbors. Of 
course, that doesn't mean just the people next door, 
but everyone. How can we show our love for other 
people? 

When we obey our parents and teachers, we are 
showing them love. 

When we play fair and take turns with our friends, 
we are showing them love. 

There are many ways to show God you love Him. 
There are many ways to show people you love them. 

What will you do today to show your love to God 
and others? 



Prayer: 

Dear Father in heaven, help me, today, to show my ' 
love to You and to everyone around me. In Jesus' 
name I pray. Amen. 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 1964 

Scripture: Matthew 25:31-40 

Ye Have Done It Unto Me 

Ben was sick. He was very sick. The doctor said it 
would be a long, long time before he could get out 
of bed. 

When Mother told Jack how sick his friend was. 
Jack said, "Ben will get lonesome. He will need some- 
one to talk to and play quiet games with. I will go 
to see him everyday." 

Jack did go to see his friend everyday. Each after- 
noon he spent one hour with him. Sometimes he read 
to Ben. Sometimes they played with tinker toys. 
Sometimes they put puzzles together. Sometimes they 
pretended they were cowboys or spacemen. 

One day, Ben's mother said to Jack, "This is the 
happiest time of the day for Ben. Your visits are 
helping him to get well. You are showing, too, that 
you love God very much by visiting our sick boy. Je- 
sus said when you visit the sick it is just the same 
as visiting Him. Thank you for coming, Jack." 
Prayer: 

Thank You, dear God, that I can show I love You 
by helping other people. Help me to find ways to be 
kind and thoughtful and helpful today. In Jesus' 
name I pray. Amen. 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 1964 

Scripture: Matthew 17:1-9 

Jesus Transfigured 

Do you have a special friend? One who likes to 
do the things you do and go the places you go? You 
have many friends, I'm sure, but you like to be with 
this special friend more. You share happy times and 
sad times with each other. 

When Jesus lived on earth. He chose twelve men 
to be His helpers. These disciples went with Him 
and learned how to preach and to teach and to heal. 
He taught them many things about God; so when 
He went back to heaven they could continue to help 
the people. 

Three of these disciples, Peter, James, and John, 
were special friends to Jesus. They were most an- 
xious to be with Him and to learn from Him. 

One day Jesus invited them to go up a mountain 
with Him. Here He was changed (transfigured, the 
Bible calls it) and they saw Him as He would be when 
He returned to Heaven. God spoke to them on that 
mountain. "This is my beloved Son in whom I am 
ivell pleased. Hear ye Him." 

This was a very special time and Jesus shared it 
with three of His special friends. 
Prayer : 

Thank You, God, that Jesus is my special Friend. 
Help me to share my happy times and my sad times 
with Him. In His name I pray. Amen. 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1964 

Scripture: I Peter 1:3-9 

Hope Through Faith 

The older children had gone for a walk into the 



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woods after school. Without them knowing it^ four- 
year-old Andy followed. His short legs couldn't catch 
up with them. Besides, there were many interesting 
things to see — a pretty rocli, a bit of moss on a tree, 
a bird flying overhead. 

Suddenly Andy could not see nor hear the others. 
"Mary! John!" he called. "Where are you? Wait for 
me!" 

There was no answer. Andy ran this way and that 
but he couldn't find his way home. Soon it began 
to get dark. He sat down on a big rock and started 
to cry. As he cried he thought, "Daddy will look for 
me. Daddy will come. I must listen for him." 

Listening as hard as he could the little boy waited 
in the cold, dark night. Before long he heard a voice 
calling, "Andy! Andy!" 

"Here I am. Daddy! Here I am!" answered the child. 

Through the trees he saw the light from Daddy's 
flashlight. Andy ran into Daddy's strong arms. Dad- 
dy carried him home to Mother and a warm supper. 

Andy knew Daddy loved him and would look for him. 
He had faith that Daddy would come for him. 

Do you know that God loves you? Do you have faith 
,1 in Him? 
I Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for loving me. Help me to have 
faith and to' know You are always near. In Jesus' 
name I pray. Amen. 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 1964 

Scripture: I Peter 1:17-21 

Redeemed 

Snowballs were piled high on both sides of the 
street. The neighborhood children were ready for a 
big snowball fight. 

"Everybody in place," called Larry. "We're ready 
to start." 

Back and forth flew the snowballs. It was fun. It 
was exciting. Then W-H-A-M! One went right through 
the large front window of the house nearby. 

Mr. Brown came out on his porch. "You children 
will pay for this," he said in an angry voice. 

An old man had been quietly watching the children 
from the corner. "Don't be cross with the children," 
he called to Mr. Brown as he went slowly over to him. 
"These children were having a good time. It reminded 
me of when I was a boy. They didn't mean to break 
your window, and I will pay for it, but don't scold 
them." 

The old man took his billfold from his pocket, gave 
Mr. Brown some money, and slowly walked away. 

The children rushed up to the old man to thank him. 

"That's alright," he said, "go back to your play, 
but this time watch where you aim!" 

The old man payed the price of the broken window. 

Jesus did much, much more for each of us. He paid 
for all our sins by His death on the Cross. He redeemed 
us. 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, that Jesus loved me enough to 
pay for all my sins. In His name I pray. Amen. 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 1964 

Scripture: I Peter 1:22-25 

The Word of the Lord Endureth 

Many, many years ago in a land far away, a wicked 
king ordered all the Bibles in his country to be burned. 



He sent soldiers from house to house to search for 
the Bibles and to burn them. 

One day Mother said to Alice and Tom, "Daddy and 
I have to go into the village for groceries. While we 
are gone will you please put the pans of bread in the 
oven to bake, and take care of the baby?" 

"Yes, we will be glad to help," answered both chil- 
dren. 

After their parents were gone, Alice went to put the 
bread in the oven. 

"Listen! What's that?" asked Tom. Looking out the 
window he said, "It's the soldiers! What will we do? 
They've come to look for the Bible!" 

Quickly Alice took the Bible from the table, took 
some bread dough from a pan, put the Bible in the 
pan, and put the dough on top of it. Just as she was 
shoving the pan into the oven, the soldiers came 
banging on the door. 

They searched everywhere in that house looking for 
a Bible. One soldier even looked in the oven, but all 
he saw was five loaves of bread baking. 

Later, as the children were telling Mother and Daddy 
what had happened, Alice pulled the Bible from the 
bread, "And here," she said, " is our Bible. Our baked 
Bible.'' 

We are told in the Bible that God's Word will al- 
ways be with us. People may try to destroy the Bible, 
but God has promised that His Word will remain. 
Prayer : 

Thank You, God, for the Bible. Help me to learn 
much of it so I will always have Your word with me. 
In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 



Spiritual Meditations 

Dyoll Belote 



HOW MAY WE KNOW GOD'S WILL? 

"He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and 
what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, 
and to love mercy, and to walk humbly ivith thy God" 
Micah 6:8. 

MEN HAVE ALWAYS disclaimed an understanding 
of how to know what God requires of them to 
attain and retain; to what is necessary to find favor 
with God. 

To live so that others may find it easier to beheve 
in God and be persuaded that His eternal purposes 
are the greatest purposes to which men can dedicate 
their lives, is not easy. Indeed, it is not easy— But it 
is a glorious possibility. 

In our text, three things are set forth as require- 
ments of acceptance of favor with God. And these 
three are set forth as REQUIREMENTS ("what doth 
the Lord require of thee?"), but "to do justly, and 
to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God." 

The "normal" man has an innate sense of justice, 
and it is only when greed, covetousness, selfishness lay 
hold of a man that he loses his sense of fairness in 
all his deaUngs with men. And God has given us the 
"Golden Rule" by which we may judge the justice 
of our dealings with our fellows (treat men exactly 



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as we would have them treat us) . 

The poet has said that the "Quality of mercy is 
not strained — it is twice blessed, it blesseth him that 
receiveth and him that bestoweth" (tenderhearted 
compassion, gracious forgiveness, loving ministries) , 
this for enemies as well as friends. 

It is recorded of Abraham Lincoln that his favorite 
poem was the one whose first line begins, "O why 
should the spirit of mortals be proud?" The old say- 
ing is, "If pride leads the van, begging brings up the 
rear." I have conducted many funerals, and I con- 
signed all the bodies to the same place — an excava- 
tion in the earth six feet deep. Some may have more 
elaborate "markers," but they all await a judgment. 

"What doth the Lord require of us?" Who wants 
to know? We can learn the truth of the Lord's re- 
quirements through Bible reading, prayer, and fellow- 
ship with Jesus, our Lord. He makes clear what God 
requires of us. "Who so willeth to do His will, shall 
know of the doctrine." Will we meet the requirements? 

Sunday School 

Lesson Comments 

Carl H. Phillips 

Topics copyrighted by the International Council 
of Relijjious Education. T'sed l)y permission. 

Lesson for February 2, 1964 
THE WOMAN OF SAMARIA 
Text: John 4:7-14, 28-29, 39-43 

PERHAPS IT IS NORMAL that we should see the 
woman of Samaria as an adulterer, a sinful out- 
cast of Samaria. In our communities, the Christians 
would likely be very skeptical of such a person, hav- 
ing few pleasant thoughts or words for her. It does 
seem that Jesus saw in her something much dilTerent. 
She was a sinful woman, but so were all other men. 
Her sin within her soul was erupting in the form 
of adultery. She was a lost sheep wandering in dark- 
ness looking for something in life which perhaps 
she herself did not understand. Then Jesus came. 
He came offering forgiveness, cleansing, dignity and 
eternal life. 

Jesus crossed all barriers of this world in order 
to save this one soul. First^ He crossed the traditional 
racial and religious barriers. He, a Jew and the Son 
of God, sat down to talk with a Samaritan woman. 
Even the disciples were astounded. Secondly, He 
crossed the barrier of sin. It amazed the woman to 
think that a "prophet" who knew so much about her 
ungodly conduct would sit down and talk to her as 
an understanding friend. There He sat and conversed 
with her in the presence of others without the slight- 
est shame or embarrassment. 

The woman had been accustomed to drinking well 
water "from man-dug wells" but had never been 
satisfied (4:14). The fact that she had five "husbands" 
was evidence of something wrong within herself. 
Jesus knew the problem to be one of a spiritual na- 
ture and so never allowed the conversation to drift. 
His solution was to give her an inner blessing, a 
change of heart and a new understanding so that 



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within will bubble up a kind of life that will be ever 
fresh and vital. What the satisfying of the lusts of the 
flesh could not do, the love of God did. There, at 
the well_ she found her Savior. 

A real test of the Christian faith is not the joy | 
that one feels within but the joy that cannot be sat- 
isfied until this faith is shared with others. The 
Christ-ones are those, who like Christ, cannot be con- 
tent until that one more lost sheep is safe within 
the fold. 



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TRUE SALVATION IS— 
Not just religion — ^but righteousness; 
Not just relief — but release; 
Not just reformation — but transformation 
Not just idealism — taut realism; 
Not just socialism — but compassion 
Not just suppression — but eradication; 
Not just emotion — but devotion; 
Not just profession — but possession; 
Not just resolution — but redemption! 

— Mary Sanders. 

SALVATION is not reformation, confirmation, in- 
formation, demonstration, isolation or a denomi- 
nation (John 1:12, 13). But Salvation is a change of 
mind (Acts 26:20), a converting of walk (II Cor. 5:17; 
I John 2:15), a committal of faith (Heb. 11:6), a 
confession of sin and of Christ as Saviour (Matt. 
10:32, 33), love and obedience (Heb. 5:9). 

One ought to be saved because of the increasing 
power of sin that kills beyond the tomb (Jas. 1:15); 
because of the present influence of one's sin, involv- 
ing others (Gen. 4:9; Josh. 7:24, 25); because of the 
impending penalty of sin (Rom. 6:23; Gal. 6:7, 8); 
because Christ suffered the penalty of our sin as our 
Substitute (I Pet. 3:18). 

The need for salvation is made clear by the Word 
of God (Rom. 3:23)^ bringing conviction (Heb. 4:12), 
and faith (Rom. 10:17), and the work of the Holy 
Spirit (Heb. 2:10). The time to respond to the over- 
tures of salvation is when there is a clear moving 
of the Holy Spirit upon the heart (Acts 16:14), and 
upon the soul-winner and the soul to be won (Acts 
8:29, 30), and when the conditions of salvation are 
clearly set forth (Rom. 10:13-15; Acts 8:35, 37). The 
Scripture tells how to obtain salvation (Rom. 3:25-27) 

"Let not conscience make you linger 

Nor of fitness fondly dream; 

All the fitness He requireth 

Is to feel your need of Him" (Matt. 5:3). 
Bible examples of conversion show outward con- 
ditions and emotions vary with different people: a 
light shown upon Saul and he was thrown to his 
face on the Damascus road (Acts 9:3-6) ; Matthew 
was sitting at the seat of custom when Jesus called 
him, and he left all to follow Christ (Matt. 9:9) ; Zac- 



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i.chaeus was summoned by the Master to come down 

I'from a tree to make the Saviour the Guest in his 

I'home and heart (Lu. 19:2-9) ; the penitent thief on 

I the cross prayed a prayer for the Saviour's remem- 

I brance of him (Lu. 23:42, 43); the penitent publican 

prayed for mercy and went away "justified" (Lu. 

18:13, 14); the eunuch requested baptism, trusting 

Christ for salvation (Acts 8:36-39) ; the penitent Jews 

on the day of Pentecost were baptized en masse for 

the remission of sins (Acts 2:37, 38, 41). 

In the New Testament, salvation is pictured as let- 
ting Christ enter the door of the human heart (Rev. 
3:20); like taking a drink of water (Rev. 22:17); 
receiving a gift (Rom. 3:23; Eph. 2:8, 9); going 
through a door (Jn. 10:9; 14:6) ; coming home (Lu. 
15:18, 19); accepting an invitation (Matt. 11:28); 
being washed clean from the sinner's guilt (Titus 3: 
5); entrusting one's all to God (II Tim. 1:12); at- 
tending a banquet (Lu. 14:16, 17) ; pictured in baptism 
(Rom. 8:3-6). 

Old Testament types of salvation are the coat of 
skins for the Eden offenders (Gen. 3:21); Noah's ark 
(I Pet. 3:20, 21) ; the brazen serpent on a pole (Num. 
21:9; Jn. 3:14, 15); and there is the answer of John 
the Baptist (Jn. 1:29) to Isaac's question (Gen. 22: 
7). The wood Isaac carried speaks of the burden of 
man's guilt (Isa. 53:4), and the fire speaks of God's 
holiness (Deut. 4:24; Heb. 12:29; Isa. 6:1-8). In the 
Old Testament, sin was dealt with on the altar (Lev. 
9:29). God consumes either the sin or the sinner 
(Isa. 30:33). 



Sunday School Suggestions 

from the National S. S. Board 



Dick Winfield 



FINDING AND FURNISHING 

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSROOMS 

PART THREE: PREPARING CLASSROOMS 

TN THE last two articles of this column, we have 
considered first, the need for additional class- 
rooms, and second, where space for these additional 
classrooms can be found. The next step is to consider 
how these classrooms should be prepared for occu- 
pancy. 

The ideal classroom is rectangular in shape, with 
one unbroken wall, and has outside light from clear 
glass windows which are low enough for the students 
to see out. It is obvious at once that many S. S. class- 
rooms do not meet this ideal. There are, however, 
several basic requirements which every classroom 
should meet. They should be clean, well-painted, ade- 
quately lighted and have adequate heat. Sorry to 
say, many classrooms do not even meet these basic 
requirements. Such rooms should be attacked with 
soapsuds and paint brush and provided with addi- 
tional light fixtures. The matter of providing ade- 
quate heat is not as easily solved, but some solution 
should be found. 



There are several things that should be kept in 
mind when painting classrooms. One of the first of 
these is the location of the room. If the room is lo- 
cated so that it receives plenty of sunlight, soft blues 
and greens are desirable. On the other hand, light 
shades of yellow or buff bring sunshine into a dark 
room. In either case, the colors should be as soft and 
mellow in tones as possible. Flat paints are desirable 
because they cut down on glare, and because they 
are more sound-absorbing than glossy paints. The 
woodwork should either harmonize with or be painted 
to match the walls. 

As mentioned earlier^ windows should be clear glass, 
particularly in children's rooms. Exception to this 
might be made, however, if the outside view is unde- 
sirable. In children's rooms, they should also be low 
enough for children to see out. The addition of dra- 
peries or curtains provides a homelike atmosphere, 
and, if a soft absorbent material is used, also helps 
to cut down on noise. These, like the rest of the room, 
should be kept fresh and clean. 

Floors can be of a variety of materials — hard wood, 
rubber or asphalt tile, or linoleum. Rubber tile is 
recommended if an acoustical material is desired. 
Use colors which harmonize with the color of the re- 
mainder of the room. The addition of a rug on the 
floor adds a homey atmosphere and is particularly 
desirable in classes of smaller children who will be 
sitting on the floor. Ceilings can either be painted 
or covered with acoustical ceiling tile. 

The suggestions given above can only be fully ap- 
plied to regular classroom situations. However, as 
many of these suggestions as possible should be ap- 
plied to every classroom, no matter where it is. Every 
classroom should be clean, for example. Every class- 
room should be adequately lighted even if it means 
bringing in a floor lamp. Likewise, children's classes, 
even in the sanctuary, can be provided with a rug 
on the floor. 

When it becomes necessary to divide a room into 
two or more smaller rooms, several things should be 
kept in mind. First, if the room has windows, it 
should be divided^ if at all possible, so that each 
classroom has a window. A number of kinds of mod- 
ern folding doors are available for dividing rooms. 
These doors can be folded back to the wall whenever 
use of the whole room is desired. Sound proof folding 
doors of this type are also available. 

When dividing a larger room, a church basement 
or large assembly room for example, the screens, cur- 
tains or folding doors should be arranged so that 
there is a central passageway open for people to pass 
through without disturbing each class. 

In summary, let it be said that wherever a class 
is held, that space should be made as attractive and 
as much like a classroom as possible. The goal should 
be that the pupils will identify this space as their 
classroom and will have a sense of identity with it. 




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World Religious News 

in Review 



MAGAZINE SAYS BIBLICAL 

PRINCIPLES BAN CIGARETTES 

WASHINGTON, D. c. (Ep) — HaWtual 
use of cigarettes is incompatible 
with Biblical principle, says the 
magazine Christianty Today. 

Because of mounting medical 
evidence Uniting it with lung can- 
cer, the cigarette habit "has moved 
from an optional indulgence to a 
question of the stewardship of the 
body," the interdenominational 
Protestant journal asserts in an edi- 
torial in its issue of November 8. 

Christianity Today urged more 
concern for the current epidemic 
of lung cancer. 

"When areas striclcen by natural 
disaster need aid or when our 
imagination is captured by the 
plight of miners trapped under- 
ground, we are capable of showing 
'reverence for life,' " the magazine 
said. "Yet at the same time we 
continue strangely apathetic to 
much needless suffering and loss 
of life right on our doorstep." 

The editorial attributed to the 
cigarette industry "a determined 
refusal to face facts and a pro- 
motional cynicism that, while eco- 
nomically understandable, are inde- 
fensible." 

"But the Christian community is 
in a different position," Christianity 
Today stated. "It can no more look 
at the cigarette lung cancer prob- 
lem from a morally neutral point 
of view than it can be oblivious 
of the moral implications of the 
daily slaughter on the highways 
and the human wreckage through 
alcoholism. 

CRITICISM OF NON-DRINKING, 
NON-SMOKING GOVERNOR 
CONDEMNED BY CLERGYMAN 

NORWAY, MAINE (ep) — ^Criticism of 
Gov. John H. Reed which cited 
that he does not smoke or drink 
has been assailed by the Rev. Ben- 
jamin C. Bubar, superintendent of 
the Christian Civic League of 
Maine. 

He told the Norway-Paris Wo- 
men's Christian Temperance Union 
that State Sens. Ralph M. Lovell 



of Sanford and Shelton C. Noyes 
of Rangeley should apologize for 
permitting the release of part of 
a speech delivered by Sen. Lovell 
at recent conventions of the Maine 
Motel Association and Maine Res- 
taurant Association in Portland. 

Sen. Noyes told the Portland 
gathering that Maine was the "most 
uncompetitive state" in New Eng- 
land for the tourist dollar and Mr. 
Lovell was quoted as remarking, 
in referring to Maine's ban on Sun- 
day liquor sales and hunting, that 
"we aren't helped much by a gov- 
ernor who doesn't drink or smoke." 

In his demand for an apology, 
Mr. Bubar said: 

"Since when is honest and sin- 
cere morality a matter for public 
ridicule in Maine . . . ? Would the 
senator (Lovell) infer that the ac- 
tions of a minority of his cigar- 
smoking, beer-drinking colleagues 
were more of an asset to Maine 
government?" 

IMPORTANT SUIT ON CHURCH 
TAX EXEMPTIONS MAY BE 
HEARD IN JANUARY 

BALTIMORE, MD. (EP) — A SUit filed 

here in Circuit Court could cost 
the city's religious institutions more 
than $3 million annually if its al- 
legations — that church tax exemp- 
tion is unconstitutional — were up- 
held. 

Nevertheless, a few churchmen 
here have shown undue concern, 
expressing confidence that the 
court decision would favor religious 
institutions. However, the Roman 
Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore 
will take an active part in the trial 
which probably will start in Jan- 
uary. 

According to John G. Arthur, di- 
rector of Baltimore's Department 
of Assessments, buildings used for 
religious worship in the city have 
a current "assessable" value of 
some $75 million. Thus, if they were 
ruled taxable, realty taxes would 
run at least $3 million each year. 

The suit was lodged by Mrs. 
Madalyn E. Murray of Baltimore 
and her mother, Mrs. Leddie Mays. 



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Mrs. Murray, an atheist, was a cen- j 
tral figure in the recent U. S. Su- i, 
preme Court decision on prayer and ll 
Bible devotional practices in the 
public schools. She lodged the suit 
which brought the Baltimore and 
Maryland school practices into 
court. 

In the brief filed by her attorney, 
she contended that by granting 
tax exemption to churches the 
state forced her to support re- 
ligious institutions and practices 
of others through the higher taxes 
she has to pay. "A decrease in the 
taxable base," the brief held, "does 
by law require an increase in the 
rate of taxation of those taxed." 

Observers here said the "$3 mil- 
lion tax bill" estimated for religious 
bodies, should the courts uphold 
Mrs. Murray was conservative. 



NARRAMORE FOUNDATION 
RECEIVES SUBSTANTIAL GIFT 

PASADENA, CALIF. (EP) — Announce- 
ment has been made that the Nar- 
ramore Christian Foundation here 
has been given property valued at 
approximately $500,000. The site in- 
cludes ten acres overlooking the 
beautiful San Gabriel Valley, just 
eight miles east of the Los Angeles 
City Hall. 

The property is the gift of Mr. 
Harry C. Weaver, a retired Chris- 
tian man who had purposed a half- 
century ago that the land "should 
be used for the glory of God in 
some special ministry." 

The activities of the Narramore 
Christian Foundation, a non-profit 
Christian organization include : 

(1) a daily radio broadcast 
throughout America and overseas, 

(2) correspondence for scores writ- 
ing daily, (3) a Bible-centered lit- 
erature in psychology, (4) the 
Christian Counseling Center, (5) 
seminars for Christian workers, 
(6) scholarships for graduate stu- 
dents of psychology, (7) psycho- 
logical services to missionaries, and 
(8) a national institute for profes- 
sional training of ministers. 

SERIOUS CRIME IN U. S. 

UP 10 PER CENT DURING YEAR 

WASHINGTON, D. c. (ep) — ^^Scrious 
crime in the United States during 
the first nine months of 1963 was 
10 per cent higher than the same 
period last year, according to the 
Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

Increases in individual crimes 
were as follows: homicide, 5 per 



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cent; robbery, 4 per cent; aggra- 
vated assault, 6 per cent; burglary, 
9 per cent; grand larceny, 13 per 
cent; and auto theft, 11 per cent. 

Washington, D. C, almost doubled 
the national rate with an increase 
of 19.3 per cent. Offenses for the 
1963 period totaled 12,981 as com- 
pared with 10,868 for 1962. 

Cities over 1,000,000 population 
I alone fell below the national aver- 
age. The six cities in this category 
showed a 5 per cent increase. New 
York City reported a 9 per cent 
increase; Chicago, none; and Bal- 
timore, 17 per cent. 

Average of cities of 500,000 to 
1,000,000 population coincided with 
the U.S. average or 10 per cent. 
Highest averages were in the me- 
dium-sized cities 50,000 to 100,000 
and 25,000 to 50,000. Both cate- 
gories showed 13 per cent rises. 

"SPEAKING IN TONGUES" 
CITED IN OUSTER OF 
CONGREGATION 

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. (Ep) — A Min- 
neapolis congregation has been ex- 
pelled from its denomination be- 
cause its pastor and some members 
engage in "speaking in tongues" 
and other "Pentecostal-type prac- 
tices." 

Vine Evangelical Free Church 
was dropped from the rolls of the 
North Central District Association 
of the Evangelical Free Church of 
America. 

The ouster was voted, 94 to 10, 
at the recent conference of the 
Free Church's North Central Dis- 
trict Association at Cooperstown, 
N. D., and was announced by the 
Rev. H. E. Sodergren, Minnneapolis, 
district superintendent. 

His announcement said the ac- 
tion was "due to the lack of con- 
formity on the part of the Vine 
congregation to the principles and 
practices of the Evangelical Free 
Church." 

Mr. Sodergren was reluctant to 
make public details of the ouster, 
but confirmed that it was due to 
Vine's practices that were "Pente- 
costal in nature" and to "deviation" 
in its kind of government. 

He said the "tongues speaking" 
had been going on several years at 
Vine — both during the pastorate of 
its present minister, the Rev. Ed- 
ward E. Menaldino, and his predec- 
cessor, the Rev. Warren J. Wess- 
man. 

The ouster action removes Vine 



from both the district and national 
Free Church organizations and de- 
prives it from using the words 
"Evangelical Free" in its name, Mr. 
Sodergren said. 

He stated that the Vine congre- 
gation had split two different times 
and the "speaking in tongues" had 
been a "divisive" factor. 

Mr. Menaldino announced that 
his congregation had decided not 
to fight the ouster. 

He said he felt the basic ques- 
tion was not "speaking in tongues" 
but the sovereignty of the local 
congregation in the Free Church. 

"We feel there is room in the 
body of Christ for each Christian 
to worship as he sees fit," Mr. Men- 
aldino said. He noted that "speak- 
ing" is permitted in some Episcopal, 
Lutheran and Methodist congre- 
gations. 

In the case of Vine Church, the 
"speaking" has taken place in pri- 
vate devotions and not at any Sun- 
day service, Mr. Menaldino reported. 
He said it had not been permitted 
to become "divisive." 

Mr. Menaldino told newsmen that 
one of the factors in the church's 
ouster probably was his own back- 
ground. He is a minister of the As- 
semblies of God. 

His predecessor, Mr. Wessman, 
was dismissed from the Free Church 
Ministerial Association because he 
had sanctioned "speaking in 
tongues." 

METHODIST, BRETHREN 
MERGER PLAN ADVANCES 

CHICAGO (EP) — A plan to merge 
the Methodist Church and the 
Evangelical United Brethren 




Church into a new "United Meth- 
odist Church" was adopted here at 
a meeting of union commissions 
from the two denominations. 

The plan, formulated after con- 
versations over the last eight years, 
could take effect by 1968 if ap- 
proved by the two churches. At 
present, Methodist numbers 10,- 
234,986 members; membership in 
the EUB Church is 761,754. 

Seven active EUB bishops, Meth- 
odist bishops from each of the de- 
nomination's six Jurisdictions, and 
lay and clerical leaders from the 
two bodies attended the meeting 
here. 

A draft of the constitution of the 
proposed new Church will be dis- 
tributed to leaders of the two de- 
nominations and the union commis- 
sions will meet again in Nashville, 
Tenn., on Dec. 12-13, to refine the 
plan. 

The proposal then will be sub- 
mitted to the 1964 Methodist Gen- 
eral Conference, at Pittsburgh, Pa., 
next April 26. If approved by a two- 
thirds majority vote at the General 
Conference, the plan will be sub- 
mitted to Methodist annual confer- 
ences for ratification. 

The ratification procedure will be 
deferred, however, it was reported, 
until the 1966 General Conference 
of the EUB Church has an oppor- 
tunity to act. 

OSWALD'S CHILD WAS 
SECRETLY BAPTIZED 

DALLAS (ep) — Mrs. Lee Harvey Os- 
wald, wife of President Kennedy's 
accused assassin, obtained a secret 
baptism for her daughter last year 
because she feared her husband's 
reaction, it was reported here. 

June, the 23-month-old daugh- 
ter, was baptized here on Oct. 16, 
1962, by Father Dimitri of the St. 
Seraphim Eastern Orthodox 
Church, it was learned. 

Father Dimitri said a woman he 
declined to identify requested the 
secret baptism and accompanied 
the mother and daughter to the 
church. He said Mrs. Oswald made 
remarks indicating her husband 
"would have objected violently" to 
the baptism. 

Marina, the alleged assassin's 
pretty 22-year-old wife, was raised 
in Russia by a grandmother who 
was a devout member of the Eastern 
Orthodox Church. Her husband has 
been described as an adherent of 
Marxism and a religious skeptic. 



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In This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: "The Brethren's Home" 3 

Woman's Missionary Society 4 

Prayer Meeting Bible Study 4 

News from the Brethren 5 

Memorials 5 

Memorial: Rev. W. R. Deeter 6 

Progress Reports from Brethren Churches . . 6 

Sisterhood 8 

The Brethren's Home and Benevolent Board . . 9 

The Brethren Layman 14 

Sunday School Lesson Comments 15 

The Brethren Youth 16 

Children's Devotions — February 5-11 18 

Daily Devotions — February 8-14 19 

Spiritual Meditations 20 

Sunday School Suggestions 21 

Missionary Board 22 



NOTES and COMMENTS 

THE BRETHREN'S HOME 
AND BENEVOLENT BOARD— 

BE SURE to read all the material relative to 
the work of The Brethren's Home and Ben- 
evolent Board. This board has great respon- 
sibility placed upon it by General Conference, 
therefore it is our duty to support it in every 
aspect of its work. 

If you have not visited the Brethren's Home 
in Flora, Indiana, we urge you to; in so doing, 
you will immediately see the need of additional 
space and special rooms. 

Pray much for the work that is being done 
in this area, then give as the Lord places on 
your heart to give. 



THE CHILDREN'S DEVOTIONS 

BEGINNING the first of the new year, devo- 
tions for children have been included in 
each issue of The Brethren Evangelist. When this 
column was begun, we asked you to send us 
your reaction to it. So far, we have received 
a few comments (all good) ; but we would like 
to hear from more of you! 

If your children are using them, please let 
us know, at the same time giving your appraisal 
of same. 

Only when we hear from you relative to any 
column in the magazine do we know whether 
it is being read or not. We welcome your com- 
ments at any time. 



GRAHAM: 1972 TARGET DATE 
FOR RED DOMINATION 

HOUSTON, TEXAS (Ep) — Evangelist Billy Graham, 
making his last address before leaving Houston 
after a four-day visit, expressed his conviction 
that the Communists have set 1972 as the tar- 
get date to achieve world domination. 

"We are faced with the most critical ten years 
in our history," he told some 1,800 persons at a I 
joint Kiwanis and Rotary Club meeting. 

"If we are going to win the struggle," he em- 
phasized, "there must be rejuvenation and re- 
vival from one end of the country to the other. 
And it must begin with you. It must start in 
a simple faith in God." 

Dr. Graham was introduced by Gov. John Con- 
nally of Texas, who described the Baptist min- 
ister as "more than a preacher, more than an 
evangelist, more than a Christian leader. In a 
greater sense, he has become our conscience." 

While in the city Dr. Graham accepted an in- 
vitation to conduct a Houston Crusade in. Har- 
ris County's new huge domed stadium." The 
campaign had been set for November 1964, but 
was postponed a year — until October or Novem- 
ber 1965 — to assure completion of the arena's 
intricate sound system. 

The invitation to the famed evangelist had 
been extended by the Rev. George Reck of Zion 
Lutheran Church and president of the Asso- 
ciation of Churches of Greater Houston. 



February 1, 1964 



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the 

editor's 

editorial 



iiie Birethrms H 



HAVE YOU EVER visited 
The Brethren's Home near 
Flora, Indiana ? 

If you haven't, you are miss- 
ing a phase of our denomina- 
tional work that is most im- 
portant to the Brethren Church. 

If you have paid them a visit, 
you are well aware of the work 
which the Benevolent Board is 
doing in maintaining and oper- 
ating this home. 

One of the most dedicated co- 
operating boards in the organiza- 
tion of the Brethren Church is 
the Brethren's Home and Ben- 
evolent Board. Very few of us 
are aware of the tremendous re- 
sponsibility which has been 
placed upon them. Many hours 
of concern, planning and work 
are put in each year by each 
member of the board; too often 
without any expressions of ap- 
preciation from us. Most prob- 
lems connected with the opera- 
tion of the home itself and with 
the residents are most delicate 
and have to be dealt with with 
the greatest of wisdom. Every 
decision is weighed and consid- 
ered from every point of view — 
this takes time. 

Let's take a quick trip to the 
home. 

As you drive into the drive- 
way, you are immediately struck 
with the beauty of the home 
and the grounds. They are neat 
and well-kept. The individual 
cottages are spaced in such a 
way that they add to the beauty 
of the setting. 



As you enter the main hall, 
you immediately notice the 
cleanliness and neatness of the 
building. The living room is large 
and well-furnished. You nearly 
always find someone there to 
visit with; the residents are al- 
ways happy for visitors. 

You then walk down the hall 
to the dining room and the kit- 
chen. The tables are always neat 
and in the center you will notice 
seasonal flowers or holiday dec- 
orations of the season. Certain- 
ly, the dining room is most 
pleasant and adds to the "ho- 
mey" atmosphere. 

The kitchen is well-equipped 
and lends itself very well to the 
preparation of meals. If you 
happen to be there during meal- 
time, the Kuns will insist that 
you eat with them — this is truly 
a wonderful experience! You 
will be treated as royalty. The 
food is delicious and the atmos- 
phere is friendly and you feel 
a part of the home. The Kuns 
are to be commended upon the 
good meals which are prepared 
each day. 

After lunch (if you are not 
too full) you will go upstairs 
to visit the residents in their 
rooms. Each room is clean, neat 
and well-furnished. The resi- 
dents are allowed to use their 
own furniture as the size of the 
room will allow; this helps them 
to keep a little bit of "home" 
and "treasure" with them dur- 
ing their stay. Each resident is 
so happy to have you visit them ; 
when you leave, you wonder 
why you haven't visited before 
and you promise to return soon. 

When these visits are over, 
you will pay a quick visit to the 
basement; there you will find 
the storage room for canned 



ome 



food, fruit and meats. Generally, 
this room is well-stocked. Many 
churches have brought in food 
staples for the home, plus that 
which is grown on the farm dur- 
ing the last season. You will also 
note the washers and dryers 
which are in use most of the 
time. Also, nearby is the shop 
where the usual home repairs 
are made. 

As you end your visit, you 
will make a mental note as to 
the kindness, the gentleness and 
the compassion manifested by 
Mr. and Mrs. Kuns. You will also 
think how fortunate we Breth- 
ren are to have such people as 
Superintendent and Matron of 
our home. These people have the 
welfare of the residents at heart 
and they spend many, many 
hours in personal work with 
these people. You will also no- 
tice the fine organization of the 
entire work — the Kuns have cer- 
tainly earned for themselves a 
very special kind of crown for 
eternity ! 

Reluctantly, you leave ; resolv- 
ing, of course, to take the needs 
of the home back to your local 
church ; also, resolving to return 
for a visit within a short time. 
You will think about this home 
for many days to come. 

But as you leave, you will re- 
mark to yourself that certainly 
the home needs the added facili- 
ties which the Board is seek- 
ing and you will note that we 
have put ofi" this additional build- 
ing long enough. So, another 
resolution is made ; namely, that 
we will give more this year and 
will encourage our people back 
home to do the same. 

Let's support the Brethren's 
Home and Benevolent Board this 
month ! S. G. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 




O«tfto(vfc/ 



Your National President Speaks 



Concerning our National Project- 



MRS. RUSSELL RODKEY 



SINCE FEBRUARY is the month for the Benevolent 
Board offering, I consider this a good time to 
remind you of, and to talk about, our National Project. 
I trust all of you have been faithfully laying aside 
money for the Building Fund for the Brethren's Home. 

Just recently, I was reading the history of the S. 
S. C. E. and the W. M. S. and was again reminded 
of the major part these two organizations have had 
in the early beginning of some of the various boards 
of our denomination. 

The first object of the S. S. C. E. was to obtain 
money for defraying expenses of an evangelist to 
organize new churches and to assist needy ones. Is 
it any wonder that the W. M. S. today is dedicated 
to the Ten Dollar Club and rejoices in the announce- 
ment of each new church? 

This same organization started a fund to sustain 
a theological department at Ashland College. Down 
through the years, the women have felt the pressing 
need for more ministers in the Brethren Church, 
and also realize the need of this training to be done 
in our Seminary. For a number of years, the S. S. C. E. 
was sole support of the Theological chair at Ash- 



land College. Part of our public service offering goes 
to our Seminary and in our budget this year, we gave 
$5400 to the support of our Seminary. 

The S. S. C. E. created and maintained the Super- 
annuated Ministers Fund and then in 1912, this work 
was assumed by the Benevolent Board of the church. 
Through the years, we have had a special interest 
in the elderly people of our denomination, and also 
those who have given full-time service to our Lord. 
It seems only natural that we have this personal 
interest in The Brethren's Home and want very much 
to have the needed additional rooms. So, is it any 
wonder that we enthusiastically decided for our 
project, "The Building Fund for the Brethren's Home?" 

Because of the vital need for the additional rooms 
on the first floor. The Benevolent Board is having an 
architect make a drawing for a one-floor plan to 
which a second floor can be added at any time. So 
with the new plan which will cost less, we can antici- 
pate an earlier date of turning that flrst shovel of 
dirt. The residents of the home and the superintendent 
and his wife are most anxious for that moment to 
arrive. We can hasten the day by having a good 
"Project Offering" at National Conference in August. 



Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 



C. Y. Gilmer 



A SOUL WINNER'S PRAYER 

"O let thy Spirit all my powers inspire 
To preach salvation — present, full and free; 
Open my lips — bestow a tongue of Are, 
A heart of love, in fellowship with Thee. 

Give me to see with Faith's clear eagle eye. 
The unseen worlds, with all their weal and woe: 
With Thee — eternity of bliss on high; 
Without Thee — night, eternal night below. 



I want to learn the value of one soul; 
One soul that's saved, one soul forever lost. 
By pondering well its everlasting goal. 
And more than all, what Thee its ransom cost. 

O let Thy cross be e'er before my sight; 
Teach me its endless wonders more to know, 
Sin's righteous wage, Love's all-surpassing might, 
That I may far and wide Thy praises show." 

— Anon 

ESTHER COULD NOT ENDURE to see the destruc- 
tion of her kindred (Est. 8:6). Haman had ob- 
tained a decree to destroy the Jews (3:13). Since the 
decree against the sinner (Rom. 5:12) is far more 
reaching in its effects, we should, like Esther, be 
determined to win the lost (II Cor. 4:3). They are 
perishing (II Cor. 1:18) . God wants them to be spared 
(Jn. 3:16)! He awaits their return to Him (II Pet. 
3:9)! He seeks their salvation (Lk. 19:10). 

Under the condemnation of sin (Jn. 3:18) the lost 
face judgment and eternal torment (I Thess. 1:10). 



February 1, 1964 



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They are spiritually blind, misled, and misleading 
(II Cor. 4:3, 4; Matt. 15:14). They are under the 
curse of a broken law (Gal. 3:10), and are spiritually 
dead (Eph. 2:1; Col. 2:13). They are impotent (Jn. 
5:7), weak (Rom. 5:6), and helpless (Acts 8:31). 
Without God they are hopeless (Eph. 2:12). They are 
even enemies of God (Rom. 5:10). 

Paul, like Esther, was gravely concerned about his 
people (Rom. 9:3). When Israel was about to be 
consumed by rebellious sin (Exod. 32:10), it was the 
intercessory prayer of Moses that saved them (v. 
32) . Jeremiah sobbed over a wayward people with a 
broken heart (Jer. 1:12; 9:1). The psalmist had tra- 
vail and tears over the lost (Ps. 126:5, 6). Jesus was 
a "man of sorrows" in His grief over the lost (Isa. 
53:3). He wept over a rejecting Jerusalem (Lu. 19: 
41 ) . He had an agony for the lost in the Garden of 
Gethsemane (Lu. 22:44). Jesus was heard in His 
agonizing over the souls of men (Heb. 5:7). 

There is a holy commitment we must all make (I 
Cor. 9:22). We need to act as did the woman of Ca- 
naan (Matt. 15:21-28). There must be intercession 



(Rom. 10:1). A prayer tryst is needed (Matt. 18:19). 
There must be united action (Mk. 2:1-5). 

Our loved ones are our first and greatest respon- 
sibility (Lu. 8:39). The redemption of sinners meant 
more to Jesus than the glory He had with the Fa- 
ther before the world was (Phil. 2:5-8). If we follow 
Him He will make us fishers of men (Mk. 1:17). He 
used the personal soul winning method (Jn. 1:43; 
4:6-10; Lu. 19:5). In all efforts to win men to Christ, 
it is a wise, tactful personal appeal, backed by holy 
living that counts for most (Jn. 1:40-42). We are to 
cultivate prospects by winning their respect and affec- 
tion, finding out and removing barriers, find the clue 
to the soul, pray much, seize the opportune time, press 
for decision, and lead the convert to prayer (Jer. 
1:17). But, like Andrew, first witness at home (Jn. 
l:40-42a). 

"His only righteousness I show, 

His saving truth proclaim; 
'Tis all my business here below. 

To cry, 'Behold the Lamb!'" 




MATTESON, MICHIGAN. ReV. BUCk 

D. Garrett, pastor, reports conduct- 
ing his first baptismal service on 
January 9, 1964, at the church. 
Four were baptized of which three 
were brought into membership of 
the church; one other was received 
by transfer of letter. 

Brother Garrett reports that he 
has accepted a call to become pas- 
tor of the First Brethren Church 
of Cheyenne, Wyoming. He will be 
moving later this month. 

According to a report from Rev. 
Herbert Gilmer, a member of the 
Indiana District Mission Board, 
Rev. WiUiam Mack of Sherwood, 
Michigan, will become the pastor of 
the Matteson church on or about 
March 1 of this year. 



Memorials 

BASHAM. Charles Basham, 59, 
passed away on December 28, 1963. 
He was a deacon in the Ardmore 
Brethren Church, South Bend, In- 
diana, and also the Laymen's Or- 
ganization President. Funeral ser- 



vices were held in the Ardmore 
Brethren Church with the pastor. 
Rev. C. Wilham Cole, officiating. 
Burial was in the Chapel Hill Me- 
morial Gardens, Osceola, Indiana. 

Reah Harman 

Corresponding Secretary 

* * * 

RIDER. Mr. John Rider, age 72, 
passed away in November. The 
funeral was conducted by the pas- 
tor. Rev. Woodrow Immel, at the 
Dickerson Wayside Funeral Chapel, 
North Manchester, Indiana. 

H: * * 

METZGER. Mrs. Albert (Fern) 
Metzger, age 75, passed away in 
October. Funeral services were con- 
ducted by her pastor. Rev. Wood- 
row Immel. 

* * * 

GRIPE. Mr. Arley Gripe, age 81, 
passed away in the Maple Hill 
Nursing Home, South Whitley, In- 
diana. The funeral was conducted 
by the pastor. Rev. Woodrow Im- 
mel, at the Miller Funeral Home, 
South Whitley. 

ALMACK. Mr. James Almack 



passed away in Baltimore, Mary- 
land, on December 5. Memorial ser- 
vices were conducted by Rev. 
Woodrow Immel in the church at 
North Manchester, Indiana, on De- 
cember 12, 1963. 

Mrs. Raymond Schultz 
* * * 

MILLER. Frank Miller, 83, 
passed away on November 14, 1963. 
He was an active member of the 
First Brethren Church, Milledge- 
ville, Illinois. Memorial services 
from the church by the under- 
signed. Interment in the South Elk- 
horn Cemetery. 

Rev. Arthur H. Tinkel 

* * :i: 

DEETS. Ward Deets, 76, was 
killed instantly in a one-car acci- 
dent, January 2, 1964. He was a 
member of the First Brethren 
Church, Milledgeville, Illinois. Me- 
morial services were conducted at 
the church and burial was in the 
Oak Knoll Cemetery, Sterling, Il- 
linois. 

Rev. Arthur H. Tinkel 



PASTOR WANTED 

The First Brethren Church of 
Cumberland, Maryland, will be in 
need of a pastor as of June 1, 
1964. Any interested person please 
correspond with: 

Anna S. Beachley 
801 Hill Top Drive 
Cumberland, Maryland 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



In Memory of 
REV. W. R. DEETER 




ON CHRISTMAS DAY of last 
year, Rev. W. R. Deeter passed 
from this earthly life to spend 
eternity with his Lord whom he 



loved so very much. He was 83 years 
of age. 

Brother Deeter served as pas- 
tor of the following Brethren 
Churches: Udell, Iowa; Portis, 
Kansas; West Alexandria and Sa- 
lem, Ohio; Carleton, Nebraska; 
Dallas Center, Iowa; Roann, In- 
diana; Burlington and Cambria, 
Indiana; Udell, Iowa (second time) . 
Following this pastorate, he retired. 

Following his retirement. Rev. 
Deeter served as an official state 
guide in the Kansas Statehouse, 
Topeka, Kansas, for eight years. He 
and Mrs. Deeter observed their 
golden wedding anniversary on 
May 28, 1957. 

Rev. Deeter had been a member 
of the National Brethren Ministe- 
rial Association since March, 1914. 

In death he is survived by his 
widow, Elda, and by two sons, 
Lloyd and Vail of Topeka, Kansas; 
two brothers, Warren, a twin. In- 



dependence, Missouri, and Simon of 
Hagerman, Idaho; a sister, Mrs. 
Nina Nilson, Kansas City, Missouri; 
six grandchildren and three great- 
grandchildren. 

Bro. Deeter was a fine Christian 
man, having loved his Lord and 
serving Him most faithfully for 
many years. He loved the Brethren 
Church and served her well through 
his ministry. Your Editor remem- 
bers him as a devoted preacher 
of the Word and a man who loved 
the young people. The Brethren 
Church will truly miss our brother. 

The funeral services were con- 
ducted at the Davidson-Eslinger, 
Duff Chapel, Topeka, Kansas, on 
Saturday, December 28. This ser- 
vice was conducted by Rev. Gary 
Deeter, a grandson, assisted by 
Rev. Herbert Major. Rev. Robert 
Holsinger assisted with the com- 
mittal service at the Rochester 
Cemetery. 




Progress Repor 

from 
Brethren Churches 

SMITHVILLE, OHIO 

Bless the Lord, O my soul and forget not all His 
benefits (Psalm 103:2). 

WE AT THE SMITHVILLE congregation thank the 
Lord for His direction and leadings of the 
past year. In the new year just ahead, may we all 
be more willing usable channels for Him. 

Within the past church year, October 1962-October 
1963, there was a gain of nine members. Our autumn 
revival (November 10-17) with Rev. Robert Keplinger 
as guest evangelist, was a time of spiritual refresh- 
ment. Four young people made the wise choice and 
were added to the church. They are presently en- 
rolled in the pastor's class. 

Pastor Rowser and wife are consecrated leaders, 
busy in the Lord's work. Last year, 600 calls were 
made in homes and hospitals. Pastor Rowser takes 
an active part in community religious functions, as 
sponsored by the Green Township ministerium. 

Our Sunday evening group is currently studying 
"Christianity and the Cults" taught by Mrs. Rowser. 
Three youth groups meet simultaneously and then 
the last half hour of worship is a unified service and 
the pastor brings a short meditation, which is bene- 
ficial to all. Interest is attested by the increased eve- 
ning attendance. 



Wednesday night is Family Night at our church. 
On the first Wednesday night of the month. Adult 
Bible Study, Sisterhood, Brotherhood, and Signal 
Lights meet at the church. On the remaining Wed- 
nesday evenings. Adult Bible Study, Little Youth and 
Junior Youth hold their meetings at the church. Be- 
ginning in January, a Teacher Training course will 
be taught. The text book "Old Testament Survey" 
has been chosen. The church choir meets on Wed- 
nesday evening at 8:30. 

Last fall, a property was purchased which lies al- 
most directly across Main Street from the church. 
Two old buildings on the property were torn down 
and removed by the men of the church. This new lot 
will provide additional and much needed parking 
space. 

At Christmas time, the church sanctuary was be- 
autifully decorated with poinsettias purchased by va- 
rious members and arranged by the church flower 
committee. On Sunday evening, December 22, a 
Christmas program was given in the lower auditorium, 
the first part by the children, and the last half by 
the Senior Youth who presented the play entitled: 
"Christmas Trimmings." The Christmas eve Carol 
and Candle service has become traditional and is a 
high light of the Smithville Brethren Christmas sea- 
son. At this service, an offering of $171.00 was given 
for the Massillon church. 

On Sunday, December 29, during the afternoon and 
evening hours following church service, the parsonage 
family held Open House for the church members and 
friends of the church. It was a nice way of saying 
"Thank You" for Christmas remembrances and kind- 
nesses shown them during the year. 

Our church has been blessed by having the Ray 
Aspinall family worshipping with us as they await 
their foreign missionary service. Ray has filled the 
pulpit upon different occasions and Marilyn has 



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spoken at church and W. M. S. meetings. Together, 
they have presented the gospel story in song. A church 
farewell dinner was given in their honor in November 
and approximately 160 members and friends fellow- 
shipped together. At that time, they were presented 
a gift of money from the church. The Smithville 
congregation has voted and will make a valiant 
attempt to support the Aspinalls during their first 
term in Argentina. With the calling of the Aspinalls, 
the Smithville church has sent out a total of seven: 
five ministers and missionaries and two seminary 
students in preparation for the ministry. 

It is our prayer that the Smithville church may 
continue to move forward under Christ to meet the 
challenges of the new year. 

Mrs. Harvey Amstutz 



TWO CHURCHES COMBINE 
FOR CHRISTMAS CANTATA 




Pictured left to right — top row: Mrs. Anita Vergara, 
Rev. Robert Keplinger, Mr. Lester Higgins, Dr. Vance 
Austin, Mr. Dwight Kauffman. Middle row: Mrs. Rob- 
ert Keplinger, Mrs. Frank G. Lambert, Mrs. Lawrence 
H. Emmons, Mrs. Emmert Wilson, Mrs. Vance Austin. 
Front row: Mrs. Robert Adams, Mrs. Earl Welty, Mrs. 
James Culbertson, Jr., Mrs. Jerry Heaster, Miss Lynn 
Hoffman. Not pictured: Sergeantsville — Mrs. Fred 
Higgins, Rev. Arthur F. Collins. Levittown — Mrs. Rita 
Nolte. 

Those in dark robes are from the Sergeantsville 
church; those in light robes are from the Levittown 
church. 

""pHE CHRISTMAS CANTATA, "Love Transcending," 
1 by John W. Peterson, was presented by the com- 
bined choirs of the Brethren Churches of Fairless 
Hills-Levittown, Pa., and Sergeantsville, New Jersey, 
at both churches. 

The choirs were under the direction of Mrs. Robert 
Keplinger and accompanied by Mrs. Emmert Wilson. 
Narrating was done by Mrs. Rita Nolte. Soloists were 
Rev. Robert Keplinger, Rev. Arthur Collins, Mrs. Jer- 
ry Heaster, Mrs. Doris Culbertson, Mrs. Anita Ver- 
gara, Mrs. Vance Austin and Dwight Kauffman. 

The choir of the Levittown church appeared in 
new robes which were gifts from the following: Park 
Street Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio, Mr. and Mrs. 



Everett Keplinger, Mrs. William Franks, Mr. and Mrs. 
Norwood Clark, Mr. William Dunn (Funeral Director), 
Mrs. Earl Welty, Dr. Vance Austin, Rev. and Mrs. 
Robert Keplinger and Mr. and Mrs. Ted Lynn. 

The offering that was received on the evening the 
choir of the Park Street Brethren Church, Ashland, 
Ohio, presented their Christmas program was sent to 
the Levittown church to assist in the purchasing 
of these robes. 



Maurertown, Virginia 

NEARLY A YEAR has passed since we last reported 
to The Brethren Evangelist of the work that is 
being done in the Maurertown Brethren Church. One 
of the finest things that has happened has been the 
rebirth of the choir under the capable direction of 
Mrs. Emily Jenkins. They have given two recitals in 
the church and have been used in four other churches 
during their revival services. We are all enjoying their 
work very much. 

Our youth set a goal for last year's project and 
achieved that goal. This year's goal has nearly been 
achieved already. 

The Woman's Missionary Societies have been hard 
at work, trying to meet all their goals and along with 
this, they have made and sent several quilts to Lost 
Creek, Kentucky. 

Our laymen have been busy as well, and though not 
as large a group as in former times, they are still 
taking a very active part in doing things for the 
local church and for missions. After sponsoring the 
purchasing of a dryer for use in the orphanage at 
Lost Creek, and delivering it along with two truck 
loads of food and clothing, they purchased a power 
mower for the parsonage and built a beautiful outdoor 
bulletin board. 

The Junior W. M. S. sponsored the purchasing of 
drapes for the parsonage and having them installed. 

Many things are under consideration for the fu- 
ture with the first item to be a new floor in the sanc- 
tuary. The kitchen of the parsonage is to be moder- 
nized; a new organ and piano, along with new choir 
robes for the choir, will be a big help in the worship 
services of the church. Nearly all available space is 
being used for Sunday School and if growth continues, 
we will be needing more rooms before too long. 

It is wonderful to be the pastor of a church that 
wants to get things done, and is willing to do them. 
Souls have been saved and others are on our prayer 
lists. We have some wonderful spiritual experiences 
to remember as a result of our fall revival services 
under the blessings of Christ, since the pastor of 
our Lost Creek, Kentucky, church. Dr. Harold Bar- 
nett, was used to the Master's glory in preaching the 
Gospel. Three made saving confessions and eight 
members rededicated their lives to the Master. All 
were blessed and drawn closer to the Savior. 

The Pastor and family are enjoying the work here, 
and have learned to love the people and the valley. 
It is a lovely place in which to serve the Master. 

Rev. Wilbur L. Thomas 
Pastor 



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The Brethren Evangelist 




GOAL No. 5 






Hi, Girls, 

Are you enjoying your winter? 
Even if you don't like the snow, 
I imagine you enjoyed missing 
school a few days. We all know 
how beautiful fresh-fallen snow 
is. But in a few days the snow 
turns to slush and what was once 
so beautiful becomes very ugly. 
Then a new snow falls, covers the 
slush, and the world is beautiful 
again. Do you see the similarity 
between the snow covering the 
slush and the blood of Christ cov- 
ering your sins? We read the story 
of salvation in the Bible but God 
must want us to be sure and see 
it so He tells us the story again 
and again in nature, too. I hope 
you have been listening. 

I'm a little off the subject of 
Goal 5, aren't I? In case you don't 
have your goals right there, Goal 
5 is "To have a public service with 
emphasis on Home Missions and 
with each girl taking part." Some 
societies think they have to have 
a speaker for their public service, 
so if you're one of those societies, 
choose a speaker who has expe- 



rience in a Home Mission field. Of 
course, your next-door neighbors 
are a Home Mission field, so en- 
couragement and instruction in 
personal evangelism would fit the 
bill. The trouble with having a 
speaker is that it is hard to use 
all your girls. 

I was rummaging through the 
Sisterhood files and came across 
a program that I think would work 
very nicely for a Sunday morning 
or an evening service. I'll print it 
here in case you'd like to use it: 
Hymn: 

Scripture — Luke 10:38-42 
Song — "Spirit of Sisterhood" sung 

by all the girls 
Patroness greeting 
Short History of Sisterhood 
Offering 

(Before) — "But I say. He that 
soweth sparingly shall reap spar- 
ingly; and he that soweth bounti- 
fully shall reap also bountifuVy. 
Every man according as he purpos- 
eth in his heart, so let him give; 
not grudgingly, or of necessity: 
for God loveth a cheerful giver. 
And God is able to make all grac: 
abound toward you; that ye, al- 
ways having all sufficiency in all 
things, may abound to every good 
work." 

( After I — 
We give Thee but Thine own, 

Whate'er the gift may be; 
All that we have is Thine alone, 

A trust, O Lord, from Thee." 
Amen. 
Play: 
Candlelight Service (If suitable for 

this service) 



The Challenge — 

During the World War a social 
worker from northern France was 
on sick leave in London and spent 
most of a morning in the great 
gallery where hung the life-sized 
pictures of the life, death, and 
resurrection of Jesus Christ. Dur- 
ing the forenoon, he saw but one 
other American in the gallery. He 
knew by the khaki uniform and 
the mark on his shoulder that he 
was a soldier. He noticed him es- 
pecially, for one arm was in a 
sling. As he walked about through 
the various wings of the gallery, he 
found that the soldier often re- 
turned to a certain picture. Finally 
the social worker noticed that 
audible sounds came from his mov- 
ing lips. Stepping nearer, he heard 
him say, as one hand was in a 
sling and the other clinched at 
his side, and he looked up to the 
Christ hanging upon the cross, "O 
Man of Galilee, in the work that 
Thou art doing in this world, count 
on me." 

Meditation while "Beneath the 
Cross of Jesus" is played softly. 

S. M. M. Benediction. 

Your individual society would 
have to be responsible for getting 
a play ready. I think a play about 
a girl trying to decide what to do 
with her life would be the most 
effective. Such a play would in- 
clude all phases of mission work. I 
would be willing to help you in any 
way I could. 

I hope that this year our Sister- 
hood societies make a real effort 
to present a public service that is 
beneficial to your church and in 
keeping with the Sisterhood pur- 
poses. After you have presented 
your public service, please send me 
a copy of your program so we can 
compare notes and keep trying to 
do the best job possible. 

As you plan your service, may 
you experience the joy that comes 
from being of service to your Lord. 



February 1, 1964 



Pag;e Nine 



A MESSAGE 
from the President 

DORMAN RONK 



nPHE BRETHREN'S HOME and Benevolent Board 
1 serves a two-fold purpose: supervising the 
Brethren's Home at Flora, Indiana, and handling the 
superannuated ministers' fund. This fund is paid to 
retired ministers and/or widows, who were not eligible 
for the Retirement Plan recently established. This 
monthly gift is $45.00 for both the minister and his 
wife, $35.00 for the minister only, and $25.00 for his 
widow. Obviously, this is inadequate pay; it serves as 
a symbol of our love and appreciation for their years 
of service. Brethren people are more acquainted with 
the other phase of this Board's business: supervising 
the Brethren's Home. 

Personnel 

Rev. W. E. Thomas, the new member of this Board, 
is the pastor of the Loree Brethren Church in In- 
diana. Rev. Thomas replaces Rev. Herbert Gilmer, 
whose term expired, and requested to be replaced 
because of a too-full schedule. We certainly appre- 
ciated the services of Rev. Gilmer, while he was a 
member of our Board. It is a privilege to work with 
Rev. Thomas; he is vitally interested and anxious 
to enter into the work of the Board. 

Another change in our Board personnel resulted 
when Rev. Clarence Stogsdill moved to Tucson, Ari- 
zona, and asked to be relieved of the treasurer's po- 
sition. He had held this office for several years, but 
we were glad to honor his request because of the dis- 
tance involved. The Board elected Kermit Bowser as 
treasurer. Mr. Bowser works for the State Tax De- 
partment, and is well qualified for this position. 
Church treasurers and others sending money to the 
Board, please notice this change. His address is 246 
East Main Street, New Lebanon, Ohio. 

Rev. Stogsdill remains on the Board, and we are 
happy for the extension of our Brethren Home Board 
to the west. Other Board members are Russell Rod- 
key, vice president, from Kokomo, Indiana; Ernest 
Fair, secretary, Ludlow Falls, Ohio; Max Miller, Nap- 
panee, Indiana; Carl Denlinger, Dayton, Ohio; and 
Royce Gates, Akron, Ohio. 



Each board member is employed in various capaci- 
ties: agriculture, industry, ministry. The Board does 
not employ anyone to care for Board business. Con- 
sequently, time must be taken from a job when the 
board member is called to a meeting, or to make a 
contact for the Home, or whatever the duty is. The 
Board depends a great deal upon the ministers and 
visitors to the Home to give help and information 
to our denomination. 

Mr. and Mrs. Russell Kuns continue as superin- 
tendent and matron of the Home. The Board is thank- 
ful for such a dedicated couple and for their kind- 
nesses and care for the residents. 

In answer to prayer, we now have a Brethren 
couple at the Home to give full-time assistance to 
the Kuns. For two years we have been trying to se- 
cure a Brethren couple. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Glick 
and their high-school-age children. Bertha and Earl, 
came to the Home a few days before Christmas from 
North Liberty, Indiana. Mr. Glick had been working 
in South Bend, and was one of many that found 
himself out of work when the Studebaker plant closed. 
Tiie Board and the residents at the Home are very 
grateful for this additional help. 



Improvements 



Several repairs and improvements have been made 
to the Home, but the major changes are these. New 
aluminum storm windows for the second floor have 
helped considerably. A new commercial-size electric 
stove has been installed. This one replaced the two 
home-sized electric stoves. They were adequate for 
a home, but not for the Home, where they are in 
use constantly. 



Exp< 



)ansion 

Much publicity has been given to the need of an 
addition on the Home. Two years ago in The Brethren 
Evangelist the proposed plans were shown. After 
study and discussion, the Board decided that $132,000 
for a two-story addition was too costly. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



Our architect, Alves D. O'Keefe of Plymouth, In- 
diana, has drawn revised plans for a one-floor ad- 
dition, which the Board feels is adequate. These pro- 
posed plans are on the cover of this issue of The 
Brethren Evangelist, and with these explanatory 
notes, you can better visualize the addition. 

There will be 3,822 square feet of floor space. The 
entrance at the north is on ground level, with a 
ramp to the floor level of the addition, and a ramp 
to the floor level of the existing building. There will 
be five new rooms for residents with 184 square feet 
or more of floor space, one ward large enough for 
four bed-fast residents, and another room for a 
nurse or other employee. Two large restrooms and 
two small restrooms complete the addition. 

The architect's estimate of cost is $77,353.00. This 
cost includes a new boiler for the entire Home, al- 
teration to effect heat zoning controls, and a new 
septic tanlc and disposal field. 

The construction of this addition probably cannot 
begin for two years. Some money has been received 
in direct gifts and some through Annuity Bonds. 
The Woman's Missionary Society's project for this 
year is designated for this addition, and we are thank- 
ful for their concern for The Brethren's Home. How- 
ever, the cost is far greater than our resources. You 
can realize the need for the addition. 

Money for the building program can be given as 
a gift or as an annuity bond, whereby a set rate of 
interest is paid semi-annually. The interest is com- 
puted according to the age of the giver and the 



amount of the gift. Information will be furnished to 
anyone interested. 

Entrance Requirements 

The sole purpose of our Brethren's Home is to pro- 
vide a residence for those aged persons who wish to 
reside in a Christian atmosphere. In the past few 
years, the Board has realized the entrance require- 
ments to the Home needed revision. Some potential 
residents are more than able to pay for their own 
care. Some feel it is not fair that they give all they 
own in order to come to the Home. Our potential new 
members generally have Social Security and/or other 
retirement benefits, in addition to their own medical 
insurance. 

Consequently, each applicant will be considered 
separately, so the contract is written to suit each 
individual. The new residents will be asked to give 
an amount considered to be adequate for their care. 

The applicant must be 65 or older, and a member 
of a Brethren Church for at least three years. A let- 
ter of recommendation from his pastor or other church 
official must accompany the completed application 
form. The applicant must be free from malignant, 
infectious, and contagious diseases, and able to care 
for himself. 

For those who are interested in more information 
regarding the Home, or any phase of the work of 
this Board, please write to The Benevolent Board, in 
care of Dorman L. Ronk, President, 811 Grant Street, 
Ashland, Ohio. 



THE HOME PASTOR SPEAKS 

by Wiliiam Livingston 



THERE IS A SIZABLE bonus 
that goes to the pastor of the 
church at Flora, Indiana. The 
Brethren's Home is a part of his 
pastorate. Most pastors do not have 
the advantage of a group of saints 
who have known the intimate fel- 
lowship of our Lord for so many 
years. Just think of the influence 
and power of the combined prayers 
of this special group of people! 
When these people bow their heads 
in prayer for their pastor, more 
than a thousand years of close 
fellowship with Christ is repre- 
sented by their lives. The power 
of their prayers cannot be over- 
estimated. There are about twenty 
persons at the Home and they 
average well over fifty years of ac- 
tive service for the Lord. What a 
reservoir of faith and prayer for 
a pastor to lean on! 

A high spiritual level is main- 
tained in the Home. Daily devotions 
are held each morning around the 



tables immediately after break- 
fast. These periods of devotion are 
led by each of the persons living 
there as their turn comes up. All 
of the churches and all those who 
contribute to the welfare of the 
Home are remembered in prayer 
each day. 

We meet together once each 
week, Monday at 4:00 P.M.; this 
gives us about an hour just be- 
fore the evening meal. More of- 
ten than not it is not a preaching 
service, but rather a discussion. 
Sometimes we discuss the sermon 
that was preached at the church 
the day before. Somehow it seems 
egotistical to preach a sermon to 
these people who have heard ser- 
mons (and some have preached 
sermons) for more years than I 
have lived. I know that I have 
learned far more from these won- 
derful people than I shall ever be 
able to teach them. Oh, the les- 
sons they teach by their thankful- 
ness of little things, their patience 



and tolerance with me and with 
each other. 

Here is a place where your con- 
tributions are much appreciated 
and well taken care of. This pas- 
tor and his family had the privilege 
of living at the Home for two 
months, so I feel that I can give 
a first-hand testimony to the ef- 
ficiency of management. Where 
visitors might think that special 
care was taken during their visit, 
we can testify that every day is 
special, every meal is special to 
the overseers, Mr. and Mrs. Russell 
Kuns. 

We, as Brethren people, have 
good reason to be proud of The 
Brethren's Home. It is a Home that 
deserves special support from all 
the churches. 

It is this pastor's privilege to be 
so closely associated with the Home 
and the wonderful people who live 
and work there. I count it one of 
my personal treasures of this world. 



February 1, 1964 



Page Eleven 



Serving Christ 
through the 
Benevolent Board 

by Ernest Fair 
Secretary 

T AM SURE that every child of 
-*- God who has tasted of His good- 
ness and forgiveness of sins has 
been confronted with the decision 
of how they will serve Christ. For 
in Ephesians 2:8-9, the writer tells 
us "For by grace are ye saved 
through faith; and that not of 
yourselves: it is the gift of God: 
Not of loorks, lest any man should 
boast." 

So many times when we are 
asked to have a part in the Lord's 
work, we are inclined to refuse 
this opportunity and do not re- 
ceive the blessing He has for us. 
The Brethren's Home at Flora, In- 
diana, would not have a special 
place in my thinking if a few years 
back when the Board needed nomi- 
nees to put on their staff, I had 
refused. 

I am sure the Brethren Church 
and members of the Home Board 
had a vision on May 29, 1923, when 
the main building, that still exists, 
was dedicated for a home for the 
older citizens. How many have 
found physical and spiritual com- 
fort there in these past years? I 
do not know, but many to be sure. 
The continuance of the Home these 
past years has been because of the 
faithful members of our churches 
who have given regularly. We have 
had many members on the Board 
who have traveled, visiting the 
congregations and informing them 
of the work at the Home. Many 
local churches are represented by 
the Brethren's Home and the Ben- 
evolent Board, which draws them 
together. Many of the members 
have different occupations giving 
each one of us a greater under- 
standing of the other person's vo- 
cation. 

I am sure that serving this way 
affords many blessings that would 
not be obtainable otherwise, such 
as attending General Conference 
each year where many outstand- 
ing Christian speakers are heard, 
getting a deeper understanding of 



Christ's love and the working of 
the church, and also meeting Chris- 
tian laymen from a vast area. We 
are thankful for the many projects 
that different organizations of the 
church have helped complete. Why 
not resolve in this New Year of 
1964 to visit The Brethren's Home 
in Flora, Indiana and see the mis- 
sion field that is at our finger tips. 
There is no better way to know 
the truth, than seeing it ourselves. 



THE 

BRETHREN'S 

HOME 

by the Russell Kuns 

AT THE BEGINNING of this 
New Year in behalf of the 
members of The Brethren's Home, 
we want to thank all our good 
people for making Christmas pos- 
sible here at the Home by your 
gifts, cards, fruit, and money. It 
is hard and sometimes almost im- 



possible for our members to answer 
and thank each one of you per- 
sonally for them, as the mail is ex- 
tremely heavy here at Christmas 
time. 

We have nineteen members, three 
of whom are bedfast all of the 
time. Two are in wheel chairs and 
several use walkers to come to the 
dining room for their meals. 

We have four helpers for whom 
we are very thankful. 

We have lost two members by 
death and gained two the past 
year. Our two new members are 
Miss Maude Wingard from South 
Bend and Mrs. Pearl Klise from 
Peru. 

We want to thank our young 
people who sponsor The Food for 
the Faithful Program and all those 
who donated the food and helped 
in any way. 

We hope many of you folks can 
visit the Home this year. 

We also hope to have a new ad- 
dition to Tne Brethren's Home, 
which is very much needed, in the 
near future. 

May God's richest blessings ae 
yours through 1964. 



Residents of the Brethren's Home 
and Their Birthdays 

Mr. Harold Glick (Assistant) January 1 

Mr. Russell A. Kuns (Superintendent) January 4 

Mrs. Ella Duker February 9 

Mrs. Gladys Kuns (Matron) February 13 

Mr. Roy Stonebraker March 3 

Miss Anna Cashour ■. March 22 

Mrs. Orpha Beekley April 6 

Mrs. Laura Keyes April 9 

Miss Emma Berkheiser April 14 

Mr. Merle Walker April 17 

Mrs. Stella Baer May 2 

Mrs. Myrtle Rainey May 23 

Mr. David EUer July 7 

Mrs. Minerva Aldrich July 27 

Mr. Louis Deeter August 13 

Mrs. Goldie Stonebraker August 22 

Mr. George Crume September 2 

Miss Nancy Bowers (Cook) September 4 

Mrs. Pearl Klise September 12 

Rev. Dyoll Belote September 13 

Mrs. Evelyn Glick (Assistant) September 16 

Miss Maude Wingard September 18 

Mrs. Hattie Mann September 19 

Mrs. Daisy King October 18 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



A NEWCOMER'S CONCEPTrON 

of our 

BRETHREN'S HOME 



by Mrs. Laura Keyes 



AFTER A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS SEASON with 
its joyous spirit of good will and praise for Him 
wlio came to be the Saviour of all mankind, we re- 
joice that we were permitted once more to have a 
part in commemorating His birth. We praise Him for 
salvation. 

Christmas month is a very busy time for the Su- 
perintendent and Matron. They must plan ahead 
and receive the many visitors and groups from the 
many churches who come to bring cheer and gladness 
in our midst. All received a hearty welcome. Mem- 
bers appreciate being remembered and encouraged 
by friendliness and love. 

During the Christmas Season, there is a beautiful 
tree and decorations inside the Home and on the 
outside. There is a most wonderful Christmas dinner. 
There are many gifts of fruit, sweets of every kind, 
and numerous kindnesses shown in so many ways 
by friends. Christmas here at the Home is a blessed 
time. 

Now we bring Happy New Year greetings from all 
of us at The Brethren's Home to our Christian friends 
everywhere. We have been asked to witness for the 
Home in this column of The Brethren Evangelist or 
perhaps to introduce the Home to those who may 
not know there is such a place. It is located one-fourth 
mile from Flora, Indiana in a wonderful farming 
county of this area. The Brethren's Home is in a fine 
location, has lovely grounds and is so inviting and 
homelike. Mr. and Mrs. Russell Kuns, Superintendent 
and Matron, are both very efficient, kind, and 
thoughtful of everyone's needs and comfort, joy and 
happiness. Their efforts to promote harmony are very 
sincere and they are ready to sacrifice every day 
for others. There are sixteen living in the big house 
and three live in the cottages but go to the dining 
room for meals. There are three regular helpers and 
the young-lady cook. Mr. and Mrs. Glick from our 
North Liberty church are the new assistants and 
have just recently arrived. All of us were so glad 
for these folks to come and share the responsibilities 
and duties of the Home. There had been a short- 
age of help inside and out for months. 

This is an institution of the Brethren Church and 
its purpose is to provide a home for elderly mem- 
bers whose earning capacity has lessened and who 
must depend on those of like faith for a helping hand 



and heart. A Christian attitude and atmosphere al- 
ways prevails. After breakfast, devotions are given 
by different members; each Sunday morning. Rev. 
Belote gives a very fine discussion of the Sunday 
School Lesson, which everyone enjoys and finds very 
helpful. 

There is always plenty of good food with special 
attention given to those on special diets. Holidays 
are observed with special foods and each member's 
birthday is celebrated with a birthday cake and 
candles, and their picture is taken. This gives us ap- 
preciation and a welcome where we call HOME. 

A practical nurse lives in the Home to care for the 
needs and conditions of those who are ill. At the 
present time, her duties are very unhandy for her 
as well as for the patient because the sick ones are 
next door or across the hall from those who are well. 
Any disturbance is very annoying and unpleasant. 
This is one of the reasons we have kept praying for 
several years that more adequate rooms might be 
provided to help give our sick ones better care. 

Trays must be carted by elevator and are very 
hard to handle and manage. These are some of the 
unpleasant handicaps the Superintendent and Matron 
have labored under for ten years. 

Is it necessary for the Brethren Church to ask good 
people to work and carry on under such disadvant- 
ages? We accomplish that which is uppermost in our 
hearts and minds. This need for hospital-type rooms 
has been very obvious for many years and many 
prayers have been sent to our Heavenly Father's 
throne for this blessing to be realized. Must there be 
a delay and two more years of waiting? Can't we 
have faith in service for Him in this particular wit- 
ness of His blessings? 

Malachi 3:10 says "Bring ye all the tithes into the 
storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, 
and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, 
if I will not open you the loindows of heaven, and 
pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room 
enough to receive it." Our deeds and efforts are a 
witness for our faith and obedience and trust in Him 
who says "Prove me." Through consecrated power of 
prayer, when the need is so urgent, can't this project 
be promoted earlier than two years hence? Prayer 
is such a little word, but it does such big things. 



February 1, 19G4 



Page Thirteen 



?>«-^i 



the dining room 

at 

Christmas 

time 



ladies from the 

Flora, Indiana 

Church 

with 

fruit plates 

for the 

residents 

(the Kuns 

are pictured 

on the right) 




several of the 

residents 

in the 

living room 




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The Brethren Evangelist F 




Views 

and 

Comments 



Floyd S. Benshoff 

the grace of gratitude . 
the sin of ingratitude . . 



WHAT ABOUT OLDER PEOPLE? 



'pHE YOUTH MOVEMENT is great; it is in 
■*■ order. I agree, it is the hope of the future. 
Unless we have second and third generation 
Christian succession, the future is not bright. The 
big push on education in every hamlet and city 
of our country lias as its basis, the coming years. 
Some plans are based on great leaps forward, 
others on mere survival. Some of us decry the 
mortgaging of generations yet unborn by the 
lavish spending of today and tax cuts without 
corresponding expense cuts. In this area, our 
voice seems weak, even as one "crying in the 
wilderness" (Mr. Goldwater, here I come). 

A Methodist minister. Rev. David Sageser, says, 
"Unless Protestant churches and families develop 
a program of Christian education involving per- 
haps three hours a week, by children attending 
regularly and working under qualified teachers, 
there will be no next generation, religiously speak- 
ing." 

BUT — today, this month of February, I am 
concerned with my older brethren. Shame on me — 
this should be a concern of mine every day, ev- 
ery month. 

Growing old gracefully is an art in itself. 
Sweeter as the years go by is more of an aim 
than an accomplished fact with many. In the pano- 
rama of personalities that cross your mind as you 
think of people over seventy, how many can you 
say have grown old gracefully? I know my share 
of older people and the matter of merely "endur- 
ing" their last years seems to occupy the major 
part of the time of some. "Golden Years" is a 
fallacy to these same "some." Others, like the 
older, retired minister of the Gospel who filled 



our pulpit on this Sunday morning in January, 
seem to have a firm grip on the reality of the 
promises of Christ, who promised that it would 
be "sweeter as the years go by." 

But whether in prosperity or adversity, we 
who are younger and more active, owe a high 
debt to those who have gone ahead. We have a 1 
heritage in Christ, in the Brethren Church, that 
we should look to and defend when necessary. 
Why not plan on paying more attention to the 
older members of your local church, active and 
inactive. 

Our BRETHREN'S HOME and SUPERAN- 
NUATED MINISTERS OFFERING of each Feb- 
ruary is one tangible way I have of saying, "thank j 
you" to many of the senior citizens of my faith. 
We are admonished in the Scriptures to do good 
to all men, "especially to those of the household 
of faith." This, I will try to do as I take my Ben- 
evolent Offering envelope and put in more this 
year than last. 

May the Lord richly bless with a wonderful 
peace of mind and soul, all those of our "house- 
hold" who find themselves in their declining 
years. Given a normal span of years and a tarry- 
ing of Christ in His second coming, I, too, look 



SOUTHERN INDIANA DISTRICT 


LAYMEN 


RALLY 


February 


17. 1964 


Supper — 


6 o'clock 


.1 C Draper 


— Secretary 



February 1, 1964 



Page Fifteen 



foi'ward to such a period of earthly existence, 
when I will appreciate the consideration of "those 
young folks." 

So, to those of my brethren who are over sixty- 
five, some still active and some out of active work 
because of physical or other reasons — those 
whom I met in an earlier day and listened to 
when my ears were younger — I say, may the Lord 
bless and keep you, and I'll try to do better in 
working with the Lord in this matter. F. S. B. 



GRATIS. OHIO 

Dear Brother Floyd: 

The Gratis laymen are still continuing the practice 
of having two laymen at the front door of the church 
to welcome each arrival. They see that every one has 
a bulletin and greet any and all visitors. 

President Wally Michael has aslced Norman 
Michael, Leonard Zimmerman, and Rev. Thomas A. 
Schultz to assist him as a committee to evaluate and 
recommend what is needed to redecorate the ves- 
tibule of the church. This committee will meet soon 
and is asking for all interested church laymen to 
help in this local project. 

Some of the (younger) laymen are playing basket- 
ball with the older boys in a church league at Eaton, 
Ohio. You can readily tell the boys from the laymen 
by the speed exhibited in running up and down the 
floor. I hear, too, that a difference is noticed a few 
days after a game. 

The Laymen and the Boys' Brotherhood are plan- 
ning a joint meeting in February. This will be held 



at the home of Roy Buehner, and the Boys' Brother- 
hood will have charge of the evening devotional period. 

Virgil L. Barnhart 



Elkhart, Indiana 



OUR LAYMEN'S ORGANIZATION of First Breth- 
ren Church of Elkhart, Indiana^ has maintained 
an average of sixteen men at our local meetings. In 
November, we studied the book of Revelation. At our 
December meeting, we fulfilled another goal, thus 
having fifty-seven per cent of our goals reached. 

The men are devoted to do everything they can 
for the Lord. Recently, we took on a project at our 
church. In completing it, we saved the church and 
our organization considerable money. This achieve- 
ment has shown the time, talent and money expressed 
by the laymen for the Lord's needs. 

In His service, 

Gary E. Taska, president 



Third Brethren 
Johnstown, Pa. 

WITH TWENTY-TWO in attendance, we men, here 
at Third Church in Johnstown, had a fine 
December meeting. Although held December 30, the 
Christmas motif was used to good advantage. Our 
"Men's Night" combine business sessions for the men's 
Bible class and the Laymen's Organization. We find 
it works out well. Travelogues, and other fine picture 
presentations, have been enjoyed, along with group 
singing and good devotional programming. We are 
looking forward to a good year of men's work includ- 
ing a February 9 Laymen's Public Service. Pray for us. 

Floyd Benshofl 



Sunday School 

Lesson Comments 

Cori H. Phillips 

Topics copyrighted by tiie International Council 
of Religious Education. Used by permission. 



Lesson for February 2, 1964 

PETER, JAMES AND JOHN 

Text: Matthew 4:18-22; 17:1-2; 

Marie 14:32-33, 37-38; Acts 12:1-3 

TT IS A GREAT DAY when the call of God appeals 
-*- to fishermen on a nice day for fishing. But these 
were not the run-of-the-mill fishermen who hear 
the call of God and under the circumstances promise 
to answer Him another day. If the Church is to be 
strong and fruitful, it must be built out of men who 
will lay their lives on the line as God leads. 
THE CALL 

When Jesus called His disciples. He selected them 
for their potentiality and not for what they were 
when He called them. These three men would not 
appear, at the beginning, to be ideal for such a high 



calling as they received. They seemed to have been 
outspoken, ambitious (Matt. 20:20) and short of pa- 
tience (Luke 9:51-56). They had great confidence in 
the strength of the flesh, claiming that they would 
never desert Jesus. At Gethsemane they slept. At the 
trial they deserted. But Jesus knew that gold is re- 
fined in the heat of fire. 

Peter, James and John were called apart from the 
other nine at times to be alone with Jesus. Why 
the "favoritism"? From the parable of the talents, 
we understand that not all men are equally gifted. 
Some have greater capacity to learn. They are of 
keener insight and quicker in learning. Each dis- 
ciple would develop at his own pace. We know that 
Nicodemus could not understand the heavenly things 
without first understanding some earthly things. This 
is not the kind of favoritism that we ordinarily think 
of nor did the disciples look at it in this way. They 
became as children that they might be made into 
the right kind of leaders who would build the King- 
dom with Christ. Each one received from the Mas- 
ter such power and wisdom as would develop within 
him his latent talent. John became the beloved with 
deep spiritual insight. Peter and James became leaders 
as weU as speakers, and their "off the track" bold- 
ness was redeemed and became an asset in pushing 
forward the frontiers of the Kingdom. 



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Crusaders 



IDEA 
BOX 




our Christ-mas 
corner 



To be approved unto God a 
Christian must be a good work- 
man. Jesus always worked with His 
hands, and in His father's carpen- 
ter shop, He learned, as a boy, to 
know the good, practical value of 
His hands. 

The Louisville, Ohio youth group, 
following Christ's example, cele- 
brated the Christmas season with 
the work of their hands. 

The whole group was divided in- 
to five committees, each with an 
adult leader. Each young person 
joined the group where work was 
being done that most appealed to 
him or her. Every group had its 
own private workshop to make spe- 
cial Christmas gifts that were at- 
tractive, useful and yet inexpensive. 
On Saturday morning, December 
16, all the things we made were 
put on sale at Paumier's Insurance 
Company display window in down- 
town Louisville. The money we 
cleared will be used for our Na- 
tional Brethren Youth Project. 



RESULTS: Amazing and most sat- 
isfying! The various committees 
produced some unusual Christmas 
decorations, many beautiful hand 
made articles of clothing and all 
sorts of delicious foods, plus plenty 
of good fun and clever banter. Af- 
ter all expenses were paid, all 
wounds bound up, all burned 
fingers treated and all glue wiped 
away, we found that we had made 
over $100.00. We say three cheers 
for the Christmas Corner, bouquets 
to our sponsors, Carol and Don 
Moran, and many, many thanks to 
all our adult friends and group 
leaders. 

EDITOR'S NOTE: Perhaps you 
would like to keep this idea in 
mind so you can plan ahead for 
such a project for Christmas of 
1964. 



DERBY REPORTING 

During the last three months, 
the Derby Brethren Youth have 
had fourteen regular Sunday night 
meetings. We have a total of eight 
members in our youth group and 
we have had an average of six 
each Sunday. 

We hold special meetings for our 
business affairs since our time on 
Sunday nights does not allow for 
business. 

We had a Halloween Party at the 
church during October and we also 
went caroling in December. 

Joyce Pogue is our treasurer and 
she reports that we have $21.75 
in our treasury. 

— Gwen Grieve 



Prayer Requests 

from 

REV. RICHARD KUNS 

for the 

CHANDON 

BRETHREN CHURCH 



(A) 



(B) 



(C) 



(D) 



(E) 




Pray for the establishment of 
a strong soul-winning, mis- 
sion-minded church. 
Pray for Sue and me, that 
we may be fit and effective 
vessels of Christ. 
Pray that God will raise up 
at least two born-again Chris- 
tians to help us organize the 
Sunday Bible School. 
Pray that some couple will 
soon open their home for a 
Bible study group. 
Pray that certain of our ma- 
terial needs will be met: 
1. equipment for our nursery 
(cribs and a play pen, espe- 
cially) ; 2. a good mimeograph 
machine so I can run off Bi- 
ble study guides, bulletins, 
newsletters, etc. 



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Page Seventeen 




BILLY BOOTH 
COA/Vfg 



Recently I acquired a small book 
entitled "A Friend is Someone Who 
Likes You" by Joan Walsh Anglund, 
and have since read it several 
times. The old saying that good 
things come in small packages 
certainly applies here for this book 
really set me thinking about my 
friends and my being a friend. 

Occasionally, as young people 
and adults, we grow somewhat 
melancholy and convince ourselves 
that nobody likes us and the whole 
world is against us. There are days 
when the situation would seem 
this way, but then a true friend 
comes along and perks us up. Or, 
maybe we are so busy with self 
that we forget to be a friend. Then 
comes the time when we must 
slow down and look for friendship. 

Let's take stock of our friend- 
ships and see how solid they really 
are. House-cleaning should begin 
at home, so let us evaluate our- 
selves as a friend. Are we always 
available in time of need? Are we 
congenial and compromising on 
points of discussion? Do we de- 
fend our friends or just listen as 
others degrade them? This is one 



By Judy Sfeiner 



point which really is prevalent 
among school chums. Silence is 
often consent, so do not be afraid 
to defend your friends. 

In choosing friends there are 
many things to consider. Our 
friends should have generally 
the same interests and apprecia- 
tion of things we do. But, young 
Christian friends, please do not 
shun those who do not seem 
as good as yourself. Christ nev- 
er turned away anyone, no mat- 
ter how sin-laden they were. This 
does not mean you are to indulge 
in just any activity because your 
friend does, but set the example 
by trying to show him something 
with as much satisfaction but on 
a more Christ-like level. 

What more could a friend do 
than to lay down his life? Christ 
performed the supreme and set the 
example for us. The death of Christ 
upon the cross was the ultimate 
sacrifice a friend could make and 
He died for us who are so un- 
worthy. 

Proverbs 17:17 says, "A friend 
loveth at all times, . . ." This de- 
scribes a friend in Christ who fol- 



lows the example set by Christ. 
Does Christ not love us at all 
times, regardless of our shortcom- 
ings? We do not try to distress 
our friends by our actions and 
words. Therefore, it becomes all 
the more necessary for us to please 
God with our lives. 

In summing it all up, a famous 
hymn which sets the example of 
an ideal friend comes to mind. 
As you read the words of this 
hymn and sing it in your churches, 
think about the message it is bring- 
ing. How do we compare as friends 
to mankind? 
What a friend we have in Jesus, 

All our sins and griefs to bear; 
What a privilege to carry 

Everything to God in prayer! 
O what peace we often forfeit, 

O what needless pain we bear; 
All because we do not carry 

Everything to God in prayer! 

Have we trials and temptations? 

Is there trouble anywhere? 
We should never be discouraged. 

Take it to the Lord in prayer. 
Can we find a friend so faithful. 

Who will all our sorrows share? 
Jesus knows our every weakness, 

Take it to the Lord in prayer. 

Are we weak and heavy laden, 

Cumbered with a load of care? 
Precious Savior, still our refuge, 

Take it to the Lord in prayer. 
Do thy friends despise, forsake 
thee? 

Take it to the Lord in prayer; 
In His arms He'll take and shield 
thee. 

Thou wilt find a solace there. 

Will you put your trust in such 
a friend as this and try to follow 
the example set to be a friend? 



DO I NEED 'REVIVING? 



A SOLILOQUY 



IF the membership of my Church 
were limited to a certain number — 
would I be 'in' or 'out'? 

IF I had to 'run' for Church 
membership as candidates run for 
office — would I win or lose? 

IF membership were good for one 
year only and re-election depended 
upon the good I have done the 
Church — ^would I be re-elected? 

IF the Church, like a Rotary 



Club, permitted me not more than 
three un-redeemed absences in a 
row — would I still be on the roll? 

IF there were a long waiting list 
of those desiring to 'get in' — would 
my name appear on it? 

IF I were called upon to tell 
"Why?" I felt the Church should 
keep my name on its roll — would 
I have a record to offer in my 
defense? 



IF every Church member did just 
as much — or little — as I am doing 
now, would more seats be needed 
— or would the doors be shut and 
nailed? 

IF I could get a cross-section 
opinion of what others think of 
my Church relation — would I be 
proud — or would I discover I am 
considered 'a big bluff' and 'a para- 
site'? 

— Selected and Adapted 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



CHILDREN'S 
DAILY DEVOTIONS 

Mrs. Robert G. Holsinger 



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Memory Scripture tor the month — James 1:22 

Be' ye doers of the zi'OJ'd, cmd not hearers only. 

February 5-1 1 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1964 

Scripture: I Peter 2:15-17 

Fear God 

Sometimes our Bible uses words we do not quite 
understand. In today's reading we are told to "fear 
God." 

When we hear the word "fear" we think of being 
afraid of something. This is not what it means when 
we are told to fear God. 

Perhaps Daddy or Mother have Bibles that are 
worded a little differently — other translations, we 
call them. Read these verses in those Bibles. 

Many of these translations say "Revere God." Re- 
vere means to love, to worship and adore. This is 
what God wants us to do — to revere Him. 

This doesn't mean that we should just worship 
Him on Sundays. All through the week we should re- 
member God's goodness to us. We should read the 
Bible and pray every day. We should act the way 
we know God wants us to act. Then we are revering 
God. 
Prayer: 

Dear God in heaven, thank You for the church 
where I can go to worship You. Help me to remem- 
ber to show reverence to You everyday — at home 
or wherever I may be. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 1964 

Scripture: I Peter 2:21-25 

Follow His Steps 

It had snowed. It had snowed hard all night. In 
the morning the snow lay deep and white and spark- 
ling. 

Peter and Evelyn went out to help Daddy shovel 
the snow from the walks. As they were working, Peter 
said, "Look there," and he pointed across the street. 

When Daddy and Evelyn looked they saw a squirrel 
come down a tree. He sniffed at the snow and then 
looked about. He saw tracks made in the snow by a 
large dog earlier in the morning. The little squirrel 
jumped from one track to another until he came to 
the tree he wanted to climb. Then away he scamp- 
ered up the tree. 

The children and Daddy laughed. Then Daddy 
said, "That reminds me of what the Bible tells us to 
do. It says, 'Follow His steps.' That means we are to 
follow Jesus. He came to earth to show us the way 
to heaven. We should follow Him everyday. 

"It wasn't easy for that little squirrel to stay in 



the dog's tracks, but he knew it would be best if he ' 

did. It isn't always easy to follow Jesus, but we are | 
happier when we do." 

Are you following Jesus? 

Prayer: j 

Dear God, thank You for Jesus. Help me to fol- ' 

low Him everyday. In His name I pray. Amen. i 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1964 ! 

Scripture: I Peter 3:12-17 | 

The Eyes and Ears of the Lord j 

Mother was in the kitchen fixing dinner. The chil- ■ 
dren were in the backyard making a snowman. As | 
Mother worked, she watched her children play i 
through the kitchen window. Sometimes they went 
around the corner of the house and out of her sight, '■ 
but if they didn't come back soon, she went to another '\ 
window to look for them. 

As she stirred the corn and turned the hamburg 
and mashed the potatoes, Mother listened to their 
voices. She knew if they needed her, they would call. 

Mother's eyes were watching, her ears were listen- 
ing for her children. 

God, too, is watching and listening for His chil- 
dren. He sees us all the time. We aren't out of His i 
sight when we go around the corner of the house. 
He is listening for our prayers. Above all the other ' 
noises in the world. He hears His children when they 
pray. 
Prayer: ■ 

Thank You, God, for watching over me all the ' 
time. Thank You for listening to my prayers. In Jesus' ' 
name I pray. Amen. 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1964 

Scripture: I Peter 4:8-11 

Good Stewards 

"Daddy," asked Greg, "this spring may I have one 
corner of the garden?" 

"What will you do with it?" his father wanted to 
know. 

"I'll plant lettuce and radishes and carrots and 
beans. I'll take care of them and when they are ready 
to use I'll sell the vegetables. Then I'll have money 
for church and money to go swimming." 

"Yes, Son, you may have some of the garden," said 
Daddy. 

That spring and summer Greg did just as he 
planned. His vegetables grew nicely and the women' 
in the neighborhood were happy to buy them. Greg 
always put the money for God's work in a special 
box before he put the rest in his billfold. 

As Daddy looked at Greg's garden one day he said, 
"You have been a good steward. You have used wellii 
what was given to you." | 

Prayer: 

Dear God, help me to be a good steward. Help me 
to use my time, money and things in good ways. In 
Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1964 

Scripture: I Peter 5:1-7 

Feed the Flock 

Do you have a pet? A dog or cat or bird? Do you 
take care of it? Give it food and water and keep it 
clean? 



[February 1, 1964 



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Many, many times in the Bible, Christians are 
referred to as God's sheep. Just as you want your 
pet taken care of and just as a good shepherd wants 
his flock cared for, so God wants His children cared 
for. 

In today's Bible reading, God is asking the ministers 
to feed His flock. This doesn't mean to give them meat 
and potatoes and other vegetables to eat. It means 
to tell them about God, read the Bible to them and 
pray with them. 

To those of us who are not ministers He is telling 
to listen carefully and do what we can. God loves 
every man, woman, boy, and girl. He wants each one 
to hear about Him. If you love God you can help Him. 
You can invite your friends to Church and Sunday 
School. You can tell them about Jesus. You, too, can 
help to "feed the flock." 
Prayer: 

Dear God, thank You for the ministers and Sun- 
day School teachers who teach about You. Help me 
to listen carefully and to remember what I hear so 
I, too, can help to "feed Your flock." In Jesus' name 
I pray. Amen. 

I MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 1964 

Scripture: I Peter 1:16-20 

Eye Witnesses 

Jack and Dad were driving down the highway when 
suddenly a car from a crossroad slammed into the 
car ahead of them. 

"Boy, did you see that?" shouted Jack. 

"Yes, I did, Son. We must see what we can do to 
help," said Dad as he stopped the car. When the state 
police came they asked Dad and Jack many ques- 
tions because they were eye witnesses — they had seen 
the accident happen; they hadn't just heard about it. 

Peter, in our Bible verses, is reminding us that he 



was an eye witness to Jesus. He lived and worked with 
Him. He was on the mountain with Jesus when God's 
voice said, "This is my beloved Son." He heard God 
speak. 

Peter is reminding us that the stories of Jesus are 
true. They are not made-up stories, but really hap- 
pened. Peter knows. He was there. He was an eye 
witness. 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for the Bible stories. Thank You 
that I know they really happened. In Jesus' name I 
pray. Amen. 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 1964 

Scripture: II Peter 3:8-9; 17-18 
Grow in Grace 

My, how the baby grew. "You can almost see him 
grow," said Mother. 

At first, all he did was eat and sleep. After a while, 
when Mother put him on a blanket on the floor he 
would kick and coo and crawl. 

Now he was walking — not very good, it is true. But 
he was walking and before many days he would be 
running about with the older children. 

Yes, Baby grows. He gets bigger and bigger. He 
learns to do more things. 

All of us need to grow. We need to grow in size, 
but by and by we stop growing this way. 

There is another way in which we should continue 
to grow. We should grow closer to God. As we learn 
more about Him and serve Him everyday. He will give 
us spiritual strength. The Bible calls this "growing in 
grace." May you always continue to grow in grace. 
Prayer: 

Help me, dear God, to remember to read my Bible, 
to pray, and to work for You. Help me to grow in 
grace. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 



Daily Devotions 

General Theme for the Year: "APPROVED UNTO GOD" 
Theme for February — "IN OUR LOVE FOR OUR NEIGHBOR" 



Writer for Febrtiary — Mrs. Alvin H. Grumbling 
February 8th through 14th — "The Di\ine Purpose For Lovp" 



Saturday, February 8, 1964 

Read Scripture: Ephesians 3:1-12 

What is the eternal purpose 
which God purposed in Christ Je- 
sus, our Lord? I John 3:8 tells us, 
"For this purpose the Son of God 
was manifested, that he might de- 
stroy the works of the devil." And 
what are the works of the devil? 
To separate the heart of man, the 
creation, by sin from the heart 
of God, the Creator. Christ came 
to overcome sin and restore fel- 



lowship between God and man. 
Paul further points out the added 
wonder and blessing that the Gen- 
tiles and not the Jews alone should 
be fellow-heirs of the same body 
and partakers of His promise in 
Christ. Paul, who was highly edu- 
cated in Judaism, never ceased to 
marvel and praise God for the ex- 
tension of His grace to all peoples 
The Day's Thought 
That love that gives 
Not as the world, but shares 



All it possesses 
With its loved coheirs. 

Sunday, February 9, 1964 

Read Scripture: Ephesians 3:13-21 

Paul, in telling King Agrippa 
about his experience of Jesus 
speaking to him when he fell down 
before the great light that shown 
about him on the road to Da- 
mascus, said that his mission was 
to the Gentiles and he was "to 
open their eyes, and to turn them 
from darkness to light, and from 
the poioer of Satan unto God that 
they may receive forgiveness of 
sins, and inheritance among them 
lohich 'are sanctified by faith that 
is in me" (Acts 26:18). "That 
Christ may dwell in your hearts 
by faith" (Eph. 3:17). "That ye 
might knoio the love of Christ" 
(Eph. 3:19). This is God's divine 
purpose for you. O the joy that 
God's love is now meant to reach 



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everyone and not just a privileged 
few. 

The Day's Thought 

Witli Joy we meditate the grace 
Of God's High Priest above; 

His heart is filled with tenderness, 
His very name is Love. 

Monday, February 10, 1964 

Read Scripture: Romans 8:18-39 
Nothing is futile for the Chris- 
tian. Trouble drives us to God 
for His wisdom and strength and 
we learn the joy of leaning on 
Him. "The Spirit also helpeth our 
infirmities: for we know not lohat 
we should pray for as we ought: 
but the Spirit itself maketh inter- 
cession for us . . . according to 
the will of God" (Rom. 8:26, 27). 
"Them that love God, . . . the 
called according to his purpose 
. . . that Christ might be the 
firstborn among many brethren, 
. . . that whosoever believeth in 
him should not perish, but have 
everlasting life," need not fear. For 
what can separate us from tiie 
love of Christ? Paul assures us no 
experience we may go through can. 
Only a deliberate choice to ignore 
or refuse His salvation can sepa- 
rate us from our God. 

The Day's Thought 
I know a Friend who sticketh fast, 
Keeps His love from first to last, 
And Jesus is His name. 

Tuesday, February 11, 1964 

Read Scripture: Mark 12:28-34 

We have already concluded that 
God in His love to us is devoted 
to our eternal well-being. He gave 
us His Son to secure a future for 
us with Him. Heaven is the only 
place where things will be as thoy 
should be. And it is ours. But if 
love is devotion to another's well- 
being, do we love Him? What is 
God's well-being? Perhaps one of 
the deepest yearnings in His Fa- 



ther heart is to have all His chil- 
dren safely home with Him, fel- 
low-heirs with Christ. He is wait- 
ing for heaven, too. But how can 
we start to return His love here 
and now? We can spread the news 
of His salvation to all the world 
and thus love God with our heart, 
soul and might. 

The Day's Thought 
Sow thou with loving care, 

With steadfast faithful tears; 
Sow on in patient hope, with 
prayers 

Sow till the Lord appears. 

Wednesday, February 12, 1964 

Read Scripture: Luke 19:1-10 

To be lost one must belong to 
someone or someplace and be away 
from that person or place. Man 
was made to belong to God and 
happily live with Him. We were 
made to "belong," not to wander 
aimlessly not belonging to any- 
one, or not being cared about by 
anyone. God did not cease to care 
about His creation though it chose 
to turn away from Him. Christ 
Himself says that He came to seek 
that which was lost, not just find 
man, but to save him, to salvage 
him, to snatch him from the de- 
struction that Satan and the de- 
ceived creation are headed for, re- 
deem him for an eternity of joy 
in the presence of God. He came 
to restore that which was lost. 

The Day's Thought 
It passeth knowledge! 

That dear love of Thine, 
Jesus! Savior! yet this soul of mine 
Would of Thy love know more 
and more. 

Thursday, February 13, 1964 

Read Scripture: John 14:15-26 

What does it require to love God? 
We noted earlier that true love 
may require restraint upon our- 
selves as well as doing of deeds 



that give happiness. Our desire to 
please and make God happy prods 
us to follow God's commands, to 
not do those things which displease 
Him and do those things which do. i 
"// ye love me, keep my com- ' 
mandments" (John 14:15). "Fori 
this is the love of God, that we 
keep his commandments" (I John 
5:3). Sometimes to truly love, we 
must bow our wills to His. "Who- | 
soever will come after me, let him | 
deny himself, and take up his cross, | 
and follow me" (Mark 8:34). Obe- i 
dience is a joy to Him for it re- 
flects our trust in His farseeing 
wisdom and love. 

The Day's Thought 

He does not rightly love himself 
Who does not love another more. 

Friday, February 14, 1964 

Read Scripture: Luke 4:16-32 

God does not force His love up- 
on us. Christ is received and ac- J 
cepted by those who are aware 
of their need of Him. The meek, 
the broken hearted, the captives, 
the prisoners, these, because of the 
hopelessness of their situations, all 
pride and self-sufficiency destroyed, 
receive salvation and God's Re- 
deemer with eager joy and grati- 
tude. As long as things go well, 
we proudly go our own way un- 
mindful and not wanting God's 
love. Satan still blinds us into 
thinking we can by-pass reality 
and truth. But in times of adver- 
sity, we are forced to open our 
eyes to the reality of our limita- 
tions and our need for One greater 
than ourselves. Let us joyfully place 
our trust in the Gift of His love 
and forgiveness. 

The Day's Thought 

Faith is not what we see or feel; 

It is simple trust 
In what the God of love has said 

Of Jesus as the Just. 




Spiritual Meditations 

Dyoll Belote 



CONVERSING WITH GOD 

"Be careful for nothing; but in everything by 
prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your 
requests he made known unto God" Philippians 4:6. 



T THINK ONE OP THE MOST difficult experiences 
-'- in the Christian life is the recognition of the pos- 
sibility to converse with God. Thinking of God as 
a spiritual being, it becomes difficult for man to sense 
the Divine Presence when he is trying to establish 
personal relations with the Heavenly Father. Prayer 
is making our requests known unto God — just plain 
talking to Him about our needs, and giving Him op- 
portunity to speak to us. 

Prayer should be not only the "Gimme" attitude to- 
ward God, but it should also include the confession or 
admission of wrongdoing and disobedience of sin in 



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our lives and the seeking of forgiveness from the 
One against whom all virickedness is sin and painful. 
The recognition of God as our Father — and Friend — 
should help us to find it easy to talk to Him as a child 
talks to his earthly father. 

Too, there must be the exercise of faith. Hebrews 
11:6 tells us that "He that cometh to God inust be- 
lieve that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them 
that diligently seek Him." 

Again, I believe we should not minimize the worth 
of our prayers, or think that God is too busy with 
the prayers and requests of others to hear or heed 
our petitions. I believe those who seek God's help 
with complete honesty of purpose will receive His 
personal help. Believing otherwise is doubting God. 
Each receives God's help as certainly and completely 
as if there were no other soul seeking and needing 
divine aid. 



Sunday School Suggestions 

from the National S. S. Board 



Dick Winfield 



FINDING AND FURNISHING 

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSROOMS 

PART FOUR: CLASSROOM EQUIPMENT 

WE HAVE BEEN CONSIDERING, for the past 
several weeks, finding additional classroom 
space in the church, and preparing this space for 
occupancy. Of equal importance with the classroom 
itself are the facilities and equipment which go into 
the classroom. There are a number of things which 
should be considered in this regard. 

Classrooms should, of course, be furnished to suit 
the needs of the group which meets in it. Children's 
rooms should be larger, allowing space for them to 
move around. For small children, space is more im- 
portant than equipment. For adults, on the other 
hand, space is not so important for there is little 
movement. 

All chairs in the Sunday School should be comfor- 
table and of proper height. Nursery chairs should be 
6 to 8 inches high, beginner chairs 8 to 10 inches 
high, primary 12 to 14 inches, junior 14 to 16, junior 
high 16 to 18, senior high and adults 17 to 18 inches 
high. Tables should be 10 inches higher than the cor- 
responding chairs for each age group. If space is 
limited, it may be desirable to remove tables from 
some classrooms. Lapboards (lightweight board about 
11 by 24 inches in size) can be used instead. Such 
lapboards also serve for groups meeting in the sanc- 
tuary and sitting in pews. 

Easy to move tables and chairs are desirable for 
they allow for many activities. In the sanctuary, also, 
it may be desirable to replace some of the pews with 
chairs so that the advantage of movability is at- 
tained. (Many adult classes could have much better 
class discussions if they did this and then put their 
chairs in a circle for the class period.) A final sug- 



gestion concerning tables: tables with adjustable 
legs are available which can be used with either chil- 
dren or adults. 

In addition to chairs and tables, each classroom 
should also have a chalkboard and a bulletin board. 
Small children's classes also need picture rails on the 
walls, while classrooms of older students should be 
supplied with maps. Supply cabinets are also desir- 
able, particularly in the children's rooms. 

Other equipment can be added as space and finances 
permit. Such things as coat racks of proper height 
in children's rooms, shelves and counters for books 
and displays, rest rooms in nursery and kindergarten 
classes. In addition, there is a considerable amount 
of smaller equipment — Bibles, books, toys, globes, 
audio-visuals, record players, tape recorders, etc. — 
that should be included in classes of appropriate age. 
The amount of this equipment included will depend 
on the size of the classrooms, the space available, 
and financial considerations. 

Several other considerations include the following: 
In small rooms increase space by minimizing the 
amount of furniture and by using small portable fur- 
niture rather than large, bulky pieces. Don't use cast 
off furniture of all different kinds. Keep the furni- 
ture in a room uniform. 

The small church often has problems in providing 
adequate facilities and equipment because of a lack 
of money. However, it is often possible for such 
churches to make much of their own equipment. 
Several books have been written to provide help and 
guidance in this kind of "do-it-yourself" project. 
Two of these are HOW TO MAKE CHURCH SCHOOL 
EQUIPMENT by Thelma Adair and Elizabeth McCort 
(Westminster Press) and MAKE-IT-YOURSELF 
EQUIPMENT ENCYCLOPEDIA compiled by Eleanor 
L. Dean (Gospel Light Publications) . 

Given an understanding of the purpose of both the 
church and Sunday School, and of the special needs 
of children, young people, young adults, couples and 
older adults, the members of any small church are 
likely to discover that they have some ingenious and 
valuable ideas for improving their facilities. 



In the sixteenth century^ men spent a lot 
of time arguing over whether the world was 
round or square, flat or oval. Most of them 
thought it was flat, and that if a man walked 
far enough he would come to the edge and fall 
off. Then a man named Magellan took five ships 
and 255 men, sailed west from Spain, voyaged i 
for three years and lost his life, but one bright \ 
day the survivors of the crews — only 18 men — j 
came back to Spain from the east. That settled \ 
it. There was no more argument, for men had 
seen that the world was round. 

We argue too much about Christianity. We 
should spend more time looking at the proof. 

Frank S. Mead in 

Tarbell's Teachers' Guide for 1964. 

(Fleming H. Revell Company) 



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The Brethren Evangelist 




A MISSION CHALLENGE 



by Reverend J. D. Hamel 



MANY YARDSTICKS can be 
used by a person or an or- 
ganization to measure achievement. 
It can be measured against past 
achievements. It can be measured 
in terms of a fixed percentage of 
increase. It can be measured 
against an agreed-on goal. In this 
Decade of Decision, the Brethren 
Church is challenged to use the 
yardstick of "potential," as regards 
individual members, congregations 
and organizations. We are not just 
to do more than we have in the 
past. We are not to do better than 
the Baptists, Methodists, or Pres- 
byterians. We are not to try to in- 
crease in terms of fixed percent- 
ages. We have no long list of goals 
and objectives that we are to seek 
to achieve. WE ARE TO REALIZE 
OUR POTENTIAL! 

The dictionary defines "poten- 
tial" as follows: "That can, but 
has not yet, come into being; pos- 
sible; latent; unrealized; unde- 
veloped." In other words, the first 
question that the Decade of De- 
cision in which we live raises is 
this — What can we do as individ- 
uals and as corporate groups if we 
are wholly committed to the will 
and purpose of Christ? 

What are our God-given abilities, 
resources and opportunities which 
constitute our real Christian po- 
tential? It is against this, and this 
alone, that we should measure 
achievement. 

We are told that the most ef- 
ficient automobile engine uses less 
than twenty-five per cent of the 
power potential of gasoline. What 
percentage of "power potential" 




should we ascribe to the church? 
Less than forty per cent of church 
members are regular in their 
church attendance, in their giving 
and in their service. Every congre- 
gation sees a few consecrated in- 
dividuals carrying the bulk of the 
leadership load, while the vast ma- 
jority of members are little more 
than passive participants. For 
a Christian individual, a congre- 
gation or a church organization to 
live up to full potential would be 
the most revolutionary thing that 
could happen in the world today! 
The first question that every con- 
gregation needs to ask itself in this 
Decade of Decision is — What is our 
potential of opportunity? This is 
why every local church should be 
challenged to make a detailed study 



of its community, not only as it 
now is, but as it will change 
throughout the decade. 

What is the evangelistic potential 
of our community? What are the 
service needs of the people liv- 
ing in our parish? How many chil- 
dren, youth and adults live around 
our church who should be reached 
by our educational program? The 
community being what it is, what 
special ministries are called for? 

The vast majority of local 
churches have a very stereotyped 
program that has not been criti- 
cally examined in many years even 
though the community around the 
church has been changing mark- 
edly. Many churches awake too late 
to the fact that they are too near 
dead to be revived; killed by the 
changing community about them — 
a changing community to which 
they did not adjust. 

When a congregation is chal- 
lenged to do more than it is now 
doing, its first reaction is, "Our 
leadership is already overburdened. 
We just cannot ask these people 
to do more than they are now 
doing." 

But what of the leadership po- 
tential of the congregation? If the 
local church would make a talent 
and interest survey of its member- 
ship it would be amazed at the 
skills, abilities and intei-est which 
are at a surplus in its member 
ship. 

"We can't find anybody to play 
the piano in Sunday School." "We 
can't get Sunday School teachers." 
"No one wants to be president of 
the Woman's Missionary Society." 



I 



I 

rTebruary 1, 1964 



How often have we heard these 
things said? 

If a congregation will approach 
the matter in a systematic way, 
it can uncover a wealth of unused 
leadership; and if it involves these 
people in the planning of a sig- 
nificant and dynamic program, 
many of them can be committed 
to active service. What is the lead- 
ership potential of YOUR congre- 
gation? Do you know? 

Many local churches will say, 
"There is really no need for us 
to spend time studying our oppor- 
tunity potential. Our budget is al- 
ready strained by what we are cur- 
rently doing." But a serious study 
of the parish may show that some 
of the things now being done might 
just as well be left undone, thus 
releasing financial resources to 
meet more urgent needs. However, 
this is not the real root of the 
problem. 

The real problem is to be found 
in the fact that on an average 



our church members are sharing 
less than three per cent with God, 
and this for local and outreach 
witness combined. In a rich so- 
ciety, Christians are sharing a 
smaller percentage of their income 
with the church than they did 
when times were much less pros- 
perous. 

And Christians are sharing a 
smaller percentage of money com- 
ing into church treasuries with 
world outreach causes than they 
did ten and twenty and thirty 
years ago. 

"Why does not our brotherhood 
do this? Why does not our broth- 
erhood do that?" we hear it asked 
on every hand. It is not that our 
state and national leadership is 
insensitive to need and opportunity. 
It is only that they cannot make 
bricks without straw. They can do 
only what Brethren and churches 
permit them to do by the financial 
resources that are made available. 



Page Twenty-three 

We have waited until the last to 
say a word about spiritual poten- 
tial, not because it is of least im- 
portance, but because it underlies 
and undergirds everything else. 
Leadership, no matter how skilled, 
is of little value unless it is com- 
mitted. Church members, no mat- 
ter how rich, will share little with 
Christ and His Church unless they 
are truly dedicated. 

Spirituality is achieved by every 
Brethren examining his own life 
and heart and his commitment to 
God; by sensitive souls being chal- 
lenged by the needs of the world; 
by the involvement of Brethren, in- 
dividually and corporately, in win- 
ning precious lost souls to Jesus 
Christ. 

What is the spiritual potential 
of your congregation? 

The real test of the Decade of 
Decision will lie just here — How 
nearly will we live up to our spir- 
itual potential? 



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Mrs. Inez Roose Elkhart Church 

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Mr. and Mrs. Owen Smith Ashland, Ohio 

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In This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: "Disturbed? You Should Be!" 3 

News from the Brethren 4 

Memorials 4 

"A Holy Land Christmas as We Saw It" 

Rev. Delbert B. Flora 5 

The Brethren Youth 6 

Children's Devotions — February 12-18 8 

Spiritual Meditations 9 

Missionary Board -. . . 10 

Woman's Missionary Society 

(Program Materials for March) 12 

Prayer Meeting Bible Study 16 

Sunday School Lesson 16 

Daily Devotions — February 15-21 17 

World Religious News in Review 18 

The Brethren Layman 20 

Sisterhood 21 

Progress Reports from Brethren Churches .... 22 



NOTES and COMMENTS 

REV. S. E. CHRISTIANSEN 

PASSES AWAY— 

WORD HAS BEEN received here that Rev. 
Sigurd E. Christiansen, age 85, of Route 
1, Georgetown, Delaware, passed away on Jan- 
uary 14 of this year. 

Brother Christiansen had last served the Mt. 
Olivet Brethren Church near Georgetown, Del- 
aware. He had retired from the active ministry 
some time ago. 

He is survived by three daughters; three sons; 
twelve grandchildren; and ten great grand- 
children. He is also survived by two sisters and 
one brother living in Norway. 

Services were held at the Mt. Olivet Brethren 
Church on Sunday, January 18, with Rev. Wil- 
liam McDaniel, pastor, conducting the service. 
Rev. Ira Doyle of the Grace Methodist Church, 
assisted. Burial was in The Union Cemetery, 
Georgetown. 

Many of us will remember him a servant of 
God manifesting his sweet, dedicated Christian 
spirit wherever he went. We will truly miss him 
in the Brethren Church. 



BE SURE TO READ— 

BEGINNING in this issue, you will find the 
first part of an article written by Rev. 
Delbert B. Mora, entitled: "A Holy Land Christ- 
mas as We Saw It." Rev. and Mrs. Flora are now 
in Jerusalem and had the distinct privilege of 
celebrating Christmas there. They were also 
there at the time Pope Paul VI made his his- 
toric visit to the Holy Land. 

This article will come in three parts — you will 
not want to miss one word of it. 



W. M. S. 
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The song book with the theme 
chorus: 

"Study To Show Thyself Approved" 

is now available at the 

BRETHREN PUBLISHING CO. 

524 College Ave. 

Ashland, Ohio 

The name of the book is: 
"Scripture Verse Chorus Melodies" 

65< each 



February 8, 1964 



Page Three 




the 

editor's 

editorial 



'Disturbed? 
lou sl}ould he! 



M 



rANY CHRISTIANS are dis- 
turbed about the Supreme 
Court decision of last June, re- 
alizing, of course, that this de- 
cision can and will lead to more 
restrictions relative to the use 
of the Bible and the offering 
of prayer in our public life. In 
fact, there are movements to do 
away with the use of chaplains 
in the Armed Services; to ban 
the use of prayer before govern- 
ment and public gatherings; to 
remove the words "under God" 
from the Pledge of Allegiance; 
to remove the motto: "In God 
We Trust" from our coins. 

In Sacramento County, Cali- 
fornia, it was ruled unconstitu- 
tional for school children to say 
this grace with their milk and 
cookies: "God is great. God is 
good. Let us thank Him for our 
food." 

It is time we Christians be- 
come concerned to the extent 
that we will do something about 
it — • therefore, the following 
"Prayer Amendment" proposal 
is offered here for your consid- 
eration. Please write your con- 
gressman today! 



"Prayer Amendment" Introduced in Congress 

WASHINGTON, D. c. (RNs) — A compromise draft of a Constitu- 
tional amendment designed to override the Supreme Court's de- 
cision banning prayer and Bible reading in the public schools has 
been introduced in Congress. 

It is also intended to close the door against a number of federal 
court suits that have been filed to remove "In God We Trust" from 
U. S. currency and the words "One nation under God" from the 
Pledge of Allegiance. 

The amendment was offered by Rep. Prank J. Becker iR.-N. Y.) , 
and five colleagues from both parties who served as an Ad Hoc 
Committee to draft an amendment agreeable to all sponsors. He 
announced that many of the 60 members of the House who have 
introduced amendments of various wording to overcome the Su- 
preme Court ruling will join in individually sponsoring the new 
draft. 

At the same time, the sponsors served notice they will intensify 
a drive to secure 218 signatures on a discharge petition filed by 
Rep. Becker recently to force the issue to the floor without delay 
by the House Judiciary Committee. So far, 82 representatives have 
signed. 

The new amendment being oflfered in the House would amend 
the Constitution to provide: 

"Section 1. Nothing in this Constitution shall he deemed to 
prohibit the offering, reading from, or listening to prayers or Bib- 
lical Scriptures, if participation therein is on a voluntary basis, 
in any governmental or public school, institution, or public place. 

"Section 2. Nothing in this Constitution shall be deemed to 
prohibit making reference to belief in, reliance upon, or invoking 
the aid of God or a Supreme Being in any governmental or public 
document, proceeding, activity, ceremony, school, institution, or 
place upon any coinage, currency, or obligation of the United States. 

"Section 3. Nothing in this Article shall constitute an estab- 
lishment of religion." 

The amendment will need to win approval of two-thirds ma- 
jority of both Houses of Congress in order to be presented to the 
states for ratification. Signature by the President is not required. 

Write or wire your Cong:ressnian at once. Christians! It is very 
important that we safeguard our constitutional liberties. 



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Memorials 



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LEVITTOWN, PA. (FAIRLESS HILLS) . 

Rev. Robert Keplinger was recently 
elected as secretary-treasurer of 
the Levittown-Fairless Hills Min- 
isterium. 

AKRON, OHIO (FIRESTONE) . ReV. J. 

Black reports that Rev. Percy Miller 
of Dayton, Ohio, will conduct two 
week-end revival services on Feb- 
ruary 7, 8 and 9; and 14, 15 and 
16. A visitation program will be 
conducted by the members of the 
church during the week in between 
these dates. 

ELKHART, INDIANA. ReV. J. Mllton 

Bowman reports a Missionary Con- 
ference, which began on Wednes- 
day evening, January 29, and con- 



tinued through Sunday, February 
2, was held at the church. Mission- 
aries from Argentina, Nigeria and 
India were the guest speakers. The 
Ashland College Chapel Choir pre- 
sented their program on Sunday 
afternoon. 

Brother Bowman also reports the 
reception of three new members 
by baptism on Sunday evening, 
January 12. * 

TUCSON, ARIZONA. Rev. Clarence 
Stogsdill reports that the Official 
Board approved the proposed new 
library for the church. This project 
is being sponsored by Mrs. Arveda 
Strunk in memory of an infant 
grandson. 



GRIFFITH. Mrs. Ella Elizabeth 
Griffith, 89, passed away on Jan- 
uary 6. She was a member of the 
First Brethren Church, Mansfield, 
Ohio. Services were held at the 
Wappner Funeral Home conducted 
by the pastor, Rev. Jerry Grieve, 
and assisted by Rev. Duane Saylor. 
Burial was in the Mansfield Ceme- 
tery. 

Mrs. H. Longshore 
Church Secretary 



SHAFFER. James Shaffer, age 
16, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman 
Shaffer of Croydon, Pennsylvania, 
passed away suddenly on December 
31, 1963. He was a member of the 
Fairless Hills-Levittown Brethren 
Church. Funeral services were con- 
ducted by the undersigned; burial 
was in the Beverly National Ceme- 
tery, Beverly, New Jersey. 

Rev. Robert L. Keplinger 



FLORA. INDIANA 

REV. WILLIAM LIVINGSTON took over the pas- 
torate of the First Brethren Church, Flora, In- 
diana, on October 1. He, his wife, June, and son, Rob- 
ert, were received into our membership. 

Rally Day was held on October 13. 

Rev. Keith Bennett, pastor of our church in Canton, 
Ohio, was with us from October 21 to 27. He presented 
inspiring messages, and those attending were lifted 
and encouraged by his presence. Communion services 
were held on October 27. 

After extensive repair, including new hardwood 
floors in the parsonage, our pastor and family moved 
in. Open house was conducted in November and a 
food shower was given them. 

An adult Bible study class was held for eight weeks 
before Christmas. The Brethren Youth have been 
having Bible study on Sunday evenings following 
their regular meetings. 

The youth presented their Christmas program on 
December 15. A fine group of young people are com- 
posing our choir. 

Mrs. Raymond Douglas 
Corresponding Secretary 



MEYERSDALE, PA. 

THE MAIN STREET Brethren Church observed 
homecoming on November 24. Two former pas- 
tors, the Rev. W. St. Clair Benshoff and the Rev. 
D. C. White, returned for the activities of the day. 



Rev. Benshoff spoke at the morning worship service 
and both former pastors spoke briefly at the after- 
noon service. The Benshoffs also favored the congre- 
gation with organ and piano selections. Many former 
friends and members returned for the special event. 
The attendance at the worship service reached 142, 
the highest attendance present at a service in many 
years. 

We are happy to report that the Sunday School is 
moving along nicely. The average attendance for the 
month of November showed an increase of ten over 
the past year. The Sunday School Council voted this 
past year to attempt to meet the goals of the national 
Standard of Excellence. A new library is being started 
by the Sunday School which will be helpful to all 
of the people of the church. 

We covet the prayers of the Brotherhood as we 
begin this new year. We shall pray for you, also. 

Rev. Robert L. Hoffman 
Pastor 



A Turkish soldier had beaten a Christian 
prisoner until he was only half-conscious, and 
while he kicked him, he demanded, "What can 
your Christ do for you now?" The Christian 
quietly replied, "He can give me strength to for- 
give you." 

R. Earl Allen in 
Bible Paradoxes 
(Fleming H. Revell Company) 



[February 8, 1964 



Page Five 




A HOLY LAND CHRISTMAS 

AS WE SAW rr 

Rev. Delbert B. Flora 



We are happy to publish here a letter received from 
Rev. and Mrs. Delbert B. Flora concernijig their be- 
ing in Jerusalem during the Christmas season. 

Rev. Flora has, in a very graphic ivay, pictured for 
us the events of those days as well as the visit of Pope 
Paul VI to the Holy Land. This letter is being printed 
in three parts— you loill not want to miss one part of it. 

Rev. Flora is nolo a student in the American School 
of Oriental Research in Jerusalem, Jordan. He and 
Mrs. Flora plan on returning to the United States on 
July 1 of this year. 



NEARLY TWO THOUSAND YEARS ago, Wise Men 
from the East came to Jerusalem and Bethle- 
hem to see a Baby who had been "born King of the 
Jews." About thirty-three years later, some Greeks 
who had come to Jerusalem said to Philip, "Sir, we 
would see Jesus." During the centuries which have 
passed, untold thousands of people have come to the 
Holy Land, either out of curiosity or in sincere rev- 
erence, to see the reputed places of Christ's birth, 
life, death, and resurrection. They have literally worn 
away stone doorsteps to the point of necessary re- 
placement. Some people have brought no expectancy 
with them, therefore, they have taken nothing with 
them as they left. Some came filled with gullibility 
and with "star dust in their eyes" so that they be- 
lieved everything they heard, whether it was right 
or wrong, and so carried away wrong impressions. 
In this account, I hope to walk somewhere in be- 
tween gullibility on the one hand and criticism on 
the other. I would like to be objective, but at the 
same time appreciative. 

The calendar of Christmas events is quite detailed, 
woven around three main dates of Christmas ob- 
servance. The Roman Catholics and all Protestants 
recognize December 25 as the date of Christmas; the 
major portion of Eastern churches, such as Greek 
Orthodox, Coptic, Syrian and Ethiopian, hold to the 
date of January 6, while the Armenians observe Jan- 
uary 18. Connected with these days are all kinds of 
traditional ceremonials which include colorful cos- 
tumes for the religious heads and leaders, pomp 
and pageantry, candles and Masses, processing and 
marching. 

The residents and students at the American School 
of Oriental Research in Jerusalem, Jordan, have 
opportunities for participation in and observance of 
a considerable variety of Christmas programs. Our 
own calendar began on Tuesday evening, Decem- 
ber 17, at the school. Director and Mrs. Paul Lapp 
announced a party to be given in their home for the 
school and certain dignitaries of Jerusalem and en- 
virons. It was a Christmas party, to be sure, but it 



turned out to be a surprise birthday party for the 
great and brilhant priest-archaeologist, Pere Roland 
de Vaux, who has excavated the Qumran community 
of Dead Sea Scroll fame, which is only one of his 
many renowned accomplishments. Important person- 
alities were present from the British School of Ar- 
chaeology, the Jordanian Department of Antiquities, 
the British Consulates, Jordanian government of- 
ficials, etc. No American government representatives 
attended because the mourning period for President 
Kennedy had not yet ended. 

On Friday evening, December 19, an "American" 
Carol Sing was held in the home of the Archbishop 
of the Anglican Cathedral. The program was pre- 
sided over by Canon John Zimmerman, American 
Chaplain of the Cathedral. He introduced the pro- 
gram as a "United-States Sing," United States of 
Uganda, United States of Kenya, of Canada, of Eng- 
land, and of America; for they were all represented 
in the group which was gathered. The singing was not 
always very harmonious, due to the different habits 
of singing of the various people present. However, ev- 
eryone had a good time, and all seemed to hear some 
new carols. Afterward, excellent coffee, tea and 
cookies were served. In this part of the evening's 
activities, harmony could be very well observed. 

Our Christmas Sunday was marked by several 
events. At 9:30 in the morning we attended services 
conducted by the Protestant Fellowship in the YMCA, 
at which time Dr. Carl F. H. Henry presented a fine 
soul-feeding Christmas meditation, with the Pro- 
logue of the Gospel according to John as the back- 
ground. In the afternoon the Choral Society of Je- 
rusalem gave a concert of Christmas music at the 
Anglican Cathedral. After the concert there was the 
annual school family party in the home of the Di- 
rector. All the students and residents of the school, 
along with the Arab staff, were present. There was 
a brilliant Christmas tree and gift exchange. After- 
ward, 'we went to the tearoom for an informal carol 
sing around a piano which had been rented and 
brought in for that purpose. 

(To be continued) 



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Crusaders 




Number 2 in a series of topics for Junior 
goal number 5 of the National Youth Goals. 



PUBLICITY: 

Select three colors of construction paper and cut 
a bell from each color, paste it on your poster, and 
add the needed information concerning this meeting 
along with the theme, "Rejoice Evermore." You may 
wish to use real bells instead of the paper bells for 
your poster. Have this meeting announced at church 
or Sunday School time by the president or some 
other member of the group. 
SCRIPTURE: I Peter 1:3-9 

MUSIC : 

"Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart;" "I Love to Tell the 
Story;" "I Have the Joy, Joy, Joy Down in My Heart." 
(Since many Juniors may not know the first song 
suggested here, teach it by use of a large artist's pad 
or poster board, placing the words along with small 
illustrations of the phrases on the song sheets. 
METHODS: 

If a tape recorder is available, tape the "What's 
Wrong?" skits printed on these pages ahead of time, 
or ask several of the Senior BYC'ers or plan for the 
Junior advisors to present the little skits. Have a 
blackboard or large sheet of paper ready for the 
"Here's What's Wrong" time. As each little episode 
is completed, ask the Juniors to tell what was wrong, 
and then list it on the board. Be sure to warn them 
before the skit is presented that you will want them 
to tell you what was wrong! 

PROGRAM 
Skit Number 1 — 

"I have counted my sheep as they came into the 
fold and there are only ninety-nine here. I shall 
have to go and search for my lost sheep." 

The shepherd begins his long and difficult search 
in the wild mountains for one lost sheep. Finally he 
finds the sheep caught in a bramble bush, and this 
is what he says: 



"All this trouble! What a time I have had in find- 
ing you! Why could you have not stayed with the 
others? Why did you have to get lost? I am tired and 
weary from searching for you. I could have been 
asleep a long time ago had it not been for you!" 

What's Wrong? 

HERE'S WHAT'S WRONG— 

The shepherd of the Bible never took time to rep- 
rimand the lost sheep. Rather he rejoiced at find- 
ing the lost animal (Matthew 18:12-14). 

Skit Number 2 — 

Jesus was teaching His disciples one day, telling 
them how the world would treat them because of 
their belief in Him. He said: 

". . . when men shall hate you, and when they shall 
separate you from their company and shall reproach 
you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son 
of Man's sake; be heavy of heart and of great sorrow 
for ye shall be despised of the world." 

What's Wrong? 

HERE'S WHAT'S WRONG— 

Jesus actually said to His disciples, after warning 
them of the treatment they would receive from the 
world. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, 
behold, your reivard is great in heaven . . . (Luke 6:23) . 

Skit Number 3 — 

Jesus told a parable of the lost coin to a multitude 
of people including the Pharisees who were religious 
leaders that hated Jesus. He told how a woman had 
ten silver coins and lost one. She searched diligently 
through her house for the coin. She lit a candle to 
see better and swept the floor. Finally, she found 
the coin and called her neighbors and friends to- 
gether to tell them she had found her lost coin. Then 
Jesus said to them: "The angels, likewise, are sor- 
rowful over the loss of one sinner and when that 



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sinner repenteth the angels are downcast because he 
repented, not in his days." 
What's Wrong? 

HERE'S WHAT'S WRONG— 

Jesus did not say the angels were downcast, rather 
they were filled with joy. Luke 15:10 says: . . . there 
is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one 
sinner that repenteth. 
Skit Number 4 — 

Paul, the great apostle and first Christian mission- 
ary, had to face many troubles and trials after he 
became a believer in Jesus Christ. He wrote to the 
people of the Corinthian church and stated how he 
felt about all his trouble: 

"I am filled with discomfort, I am exceeding sor- 
rowful in all our tribulation." 

What's Wrong? 

HERE'S WHAT'S WRONG— 

Paul always accepted his troubles and tribulations 
with a joyful attitude, making something good out 
of what appeared to be bad. II Corinthians 7:4 is 
Paul's true statement on this subject. 
Skit Number 5 — 

Philip, a believer in Jesus Christ and one of the 
very first to tell others about Christ as their Saviour, 
went to the city of Samaria. The people of this city 
and this area hated the Jews and the Jews hated 
them. Philip thought he would try to tell them about 
Christ anyway. While he was there, Philip did many 
miracles — casting out unclean spirits, healing the 
palsied and the lame. He also told them about Je- 
sus Christ. The Bible says that when the people saw 
and heard these things "They were filled with great 
anger and cast Philip from them admonishing him 
not to return." 

What's Wrong? 

HERE'S WHAT'S WRONG— 

The people did see and hear Philip as he performed 
miracles and taught about Jesus but they received 
him with great joy — Acts 8:8 tells us this. 
Skit Number 6 — 

Jesus once passed through a village and ten lepers 
came asking Him to heal them. Jesus told them to 
Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And we are then 
told that the ten lepers did as Jesus had commanded 
and were made clean. The Bible says that "the ten 
lepers turned back and with loud voices glorified God." 

What's Wrong? 



HERE'S WHAT'S WRONG— 

Only one of the healed lepers turned back to ex- 
press his joy to Christ. Jesus asked where the rest 
of the healed men were but they did not come back. 
Look at Luke 17:17-19. 

Skit Number 7 — 

James, a believer in Jesus Christ, wrote an epistle 
or letter to Christians. He was concerned about the 
temptations Christians face and this is what he said: 

"My brethren, count it all sorrow when ye fall into 
divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying 
of your faith will bring about your ruin." 

What's Wrong? 

HERE'S WHAT'S WRONG— 

James was concerned about the temptations Chris- 
tians have to face but he sees this as a testing and 
not a time of ruin. Actually, he says this: count it 
all joy when ye fall into divers (many) temptations; 
knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh 
patience (James 1:2, 3). 

So, let us "Rejoice Evermore" which means to al- 
ways be glad, happy or delighted! 



FEBRUARY PRAYER LIST 

Pastor's Conference in April 

A Christian couple to help the Kuns at our new 
Herndon church 

That all of us shall give more to send mission- 
aries vi^ho desire to go to the mission field 

That our nation shall be bound together as we 
look to God for guidance 

That our pastors shall be wells of living water 

That the laity shall be dedicated and seeking God's 
will 



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CHILDREN'S 

DAILY DEVOTIONS - - 

Mrs. Robert G. Holsinger 



.■ladings fro.. _ '.. :,'j.i -■;.:! 

Memory Scripture for the month — James 1:32 

Be ye doers of the loord, and not hearers only. 

February 12-18 



WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 1964 

Scripture: James 1:2-7 

Ask in Faith 

"That proves it," declared Harry. 

"Proves what?" asked Mother. 

"Proves that God doesn't answer my prayers," re- 
plied Harry. "I prayed that you would say 'yes' when 
I asked to hike down to the river with the other fel- 
lows." 

"Now, wait a minute, Harry," said Mother. "You 
know the dangers of the river. You know I said 'no' 
because no grown-up would be along. Are you sure 
you prayed the right way?" 

"What do you mean?" asked Harry. 

"God does answer our prayers," Mother continued, 
"just as I always answer you when you ask me some- 
thing. Sometimes I say 'yes'; sometimes I say 'no'; 
sometimes I say 'we will see or later.' " 

"God answers our prayers in the way He knows 
is best. Sometimes He tells us 'yes'; other times, 'no'; 
and still other times, 'wait.' When we pray we must 
believe that He knows what is best for us. Then we 
will be satisfied with whatever answer He gives be- 
cause we ask in faith." 
Prayer : 

Thank You, God, for hearing and answering my 
prayers. May I remember to ask in faith and to ac- 
cept the answer You give. In Jesus' name I pray. 
Amen. 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 1964 

Scripture: James 1:12-17 

Every Good Gift 

"Oh, boy, a basketball and goal! Thanks, Mom, 
thanks, Dad," said Jeff. Then he opened another birth- 
day present. 

"Hey! Ice skates! Just what I've wanted. Oh, thank 
you," said the boy excitedly. Mother and Dad like 
to give us the very best gifts they can because they 
love us. 

There is One, however, who gives us even better 
gifts. That's God. He gave us Mother and Dad in the 
first place. Everything we have really comes from Him. 

Mother and Dad and others like to hear us say 
"thank you" when they give us a gift. They like to 
know the gift has made us happy. 

God likes to hear us say "thank you," too. He likes 
to know His gifts have made us happy. 



The Brethren Evangelist 

Do you remember to say "thank you" to God every 
day for His gifts to you? 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for Mother and Dad; for our food 
and home and clothes. Thank You for the gift of 
life and the country in which I live. May I use well 
all the wonderful gifts You have given me. In Jesus' 
name I pray. Amen. 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1964 

Scripture: James 1:19-25 

Be Ye Doers 

Joel was playing with his train in his room when 
he heard Dad call. "I'm coming," he answered as 
he turned off the train switch. 

"Here I am, Dad. What do you want?" asked Joel 
as he ran to his father in the kitchen. 

"Son, I've just been called away on important busi- 
ness. It has been snowing a lot today. Would you 
please clean the walks while I'm gone?" 

"Sure, I'll be glad to. Dad," answered Joel as he 
went to get his hat, coat, boots, and mittens. 

Dad left the house whistling. He knew that when 
he would come back the walks would all be shoveled 
clean. "Joel's a good boy," thought Dad. "He not only 
listens when I talk to him, but he also does what I 
ask him to do." 

Are you a doer as well as a hearer? Do you do 
what Mother and Dad ask you to do? Even more 
important, do you do what God wants you to do? 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for the Bible. Help me to listen 
carefully to Your Word. Help me to do the things 
it tells me to do. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY IS, 1964 

Scripture: James 2:14-17 

Faith Without Worlds 

God is telling us in this Bible reading that just to 
say we believe what is in the Bible is not enough. 
We need to do things to show we believe. We need 
to obey the things God teaches us through the Bible. 

Suppose someone came to you who had very few 
clothes to wear — perhaps no warm coat nor shoes 
and socks. Besides this, he did not have enough food 
to eat. 

Suppose after you talked awhile you said, "Well, 
goodby. Keep yourself warm and well fed." 

Would that help him any? Of course not. You would 
want to share your food and clothes with him so he 
could be warm and well fed. 

Just so it is with our faith in God. We need to 
work for Him. to show our faith in Him. 
Prayer : 

Dear God, may I this day show my love and faith 
in You by doing the things I should. In Jesus' name i 
I pray. Amen. 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1964 

Scripture: James 4:6-10 

Draw Nigh Unto God 

"Children, do you want to hear a story?" called 
Grandmother. 

Children came running from all directions. There 
were little ones, big ones, and middle-sized ones. They 
all knew Grandmother had wonderful stories to tell. 



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They all wanted to be near when she told them. 

Sometimes she told exciting stories about when 
she was a very small girl and lived in Indian territory. 
Sometimes she told funny ones about her pets or the 
way she felt when she took her first airplane ride. 
Sometimes she told Bible stories, and the way Grand- 
mother told them, everyone knew the stories were 
true. Yes, when Grandmother told her stories all 
the children wanted to be close to her. 

God is calling, too. He has wonderful things to tell 
us and to give us. We need to be close to Him to hear 
Him and to receive the gifts He has for us. 

We can be close to God if we read the Bible and 
pray every day. If we are truly sorry for the wrong 
we do and help others, we will be close to God. 
Prayer : 

Dear God, help me this day to be close to You. 
Show me the things to do that are pleasng to You. 
In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1964 

Scripture: James 4:13-17 

If the Lord Will 

"Hey, Ronnie, want to go for a hike with us?" called 
the other fellows. 

"Sure do," replied Ronnie. "Where are you going?" 

"We thought we would hike out to Johnson's farm," 
they told him. 

"That sounds like fun," said Ronnie. "I'll go with 
you if Mom will let me. Just a minute and I'll ask her." 

Soon a smiling Ronnie came out the door and 
started down the road with his friends. 

While we are young, we never plan to do anything 
without having Mother's or Dad's permission. They 
are older and wiser and know what is best for us. 

God knows even better what we should do or have. 
Young ones, and grown-ups alike, should always talk 



with Him in prayer about the things they are going 

to do. 

Prayer: 

Dear God, thank You that I can talk with You in 
prayer. Help me to know that Your way is always 
best. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1964 

Scripture: James 5:8-12 

Grudge Not 

"Dick took my doll. Mother." 

"Well, Sally came in my room and bothered me," 
said Dick. 

"Just because . . ." 

"Children, children," called Mother. "Stop your 
complaining and come to me." 

When Dick and Sally came. Mother sat down with 
one on each side of her. "Are you happy when you 
are complaining about each other?" she asked. 

"No," said Dick. 

"No," said Sally. 

"Do you think the rest of the family is happy when 
you are complaining?" 

"No," said Dick. 

"No," said Sally. 

"God knew people would not be happy if they com- 
plained and quarreled," said Mother, "so in the Bible 
He says, 'Grudge not one against another.' This means 
not to complain and quarrel. The next time you start 
to fuss I want you to remember these words. Then 
say or do something kind. See how much happier 
you and everyone else will be." 
Prayer: 

Help me, dear God, not to complain and quarrel 
with my family and friends today. Show me the kind 
and pleasant things to do and say. In Jesus' name 
I pray. Amen. 



Spiritual Meditations 

Dyoll Belote 



CAN THE WORLD SEE JESUS IN YOU? 

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a 
right spirit in me (Psalm 51:10). 

AS WINDOWS need regular cleaning to remove 
the smoke and soot which cover the sheen and 
prevent clear light from shining through, so all our 
hearts. Our hearts become covered with the soil of 
the world and we have to ask for cleansing as the 
Psalmist did. 

Warner Sallman, the great religious painter, has 
a picture entitled "Heart's Door" in which he de- 
picts Christ standing at the door of a human heart, 
knocking for admittance. In the picture, the artist 
has painted no latch on the outside of the door. Je- 
sus stands and knocks, and we have to open the 
door from the inside. 

The Kingdom of Heaven will not be found within 
us unless we let Christ come in. There is a song: 



"I Want to Be a Christian," and as I remember it, 
one verse expresses the desire to be a Christian "down 
in my heart." The rhythm of the song is a "catchy" 
one, and many times we are caught up in the "swing" 
of the music and sing it with gusto and enthusiasm, 
but how soon we fall short of the ideal. 

A returned missionary once expressed the thought 
that in the Orient, you can tell a native Christian 
by the look on his face. The missionary explained 
the statement by saying that there is a radiant light 
shining from within. The real Joy of a Christian heart 
can be told by the quiet peace that shines in the 
countenance. 

Does the world know that I am a Christian by my 
face, my actions, my deeds? 



"We have learned to fly through the air faster 
and higher than the birds; swim uiider the sea 
deeper and farther than the fish; we can travel 
in space with greater freedom than the moon — 
we now desperately need power to walk on the 
earth like a man!" 

Frank S. Mead in TarhelVs 
Teachers' Guide for 1964. 
(Fleming H. Revell Company) 



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The Brethren Evangelist 




REACHING OUT BY RADIO . . . 

a report from Argentina 




w 



TE ARE in our elev- 
enth consecutive 
year of heralding 
Christ's message to a 
baffled, spiritually hun- 
gry and confused world. 
We wish to send you a 
further report on the 
radio work in Argentina 
now known as CAVEA 
( Centro Audio - Visual 
Evangelica de la Argen- 
tina) with studios in 

Brethren Headquarters at O'Higgins 3162-68, Buenos 

Aires, 29, Argentina, South America. 

Studio Activities 

Among the programs produced are the following: 
"Platicas Cristianas" 

Broadcast on 6 Argentine stations and 
in Monrovia, Monaco, and Luxemburg. 
"Hora del Templo" 

Broadcast on "Radio Argentina," Buenos 
Aires (later referred to as the national 
program) 
"Salvation Army Program" 

Broadcast on 5 Argentine stations 
"Russian and Ukranian Program" 

Broadcast on 2 Argentine stations 
"Armenian Program" 

Broadcast on 1 Argentine station 
These programs make a total of 77 programs monthly 
transmitted from tapes produced by CAVEA. Much 
interest has been shown for "Platicas Cristianas" on 
other stations within and outside the country. The 
program has been officially accepted for broadcast 
in Lima, Peru, but the first tapes have not gone on 
the air as yet. 



'Hora del Templo" 



"Hora del Templo" (mentioned above as a national 
program) has been approved by the Confederation 
of Churches as a Nationwide Program to be placed 



on as many stations as possible where at present there 
are no Gospel Releases. The goal we are contemplat- 
ing is 76 stations which will completely blanket Ar- 
gentina and its nearest neighboring countries. This 
program is being produced and directed by CAVEA 
and the studio will care for all "Follow-up." The Con- 
federation of Churches has accepted its financial 
responsibility by budgeting funds for the purchasing 
of broadcast time, postage, and secretarial help (a 
new employee for our office) . 

"Pdabra de Vida" 

"Palabra de Vida" (Word of Life) A new program 
of 15 minutes duration will be on the air as of the first 
of the year. This program has been requested by 
many churches for local broadcasts and city-wide 
public address networks. This release is sure to be 
successful because of the demand that has already 
been expressed by the many requests that have come 
into the studio. 

"Rayos de Luz" 

"Rayos de Luz" A Children's Broadcast for and by 
children is being prepared and the initial recording 
has been begun. No release date has been set. 

"Records" 

"Records" Our first 12 inch long play record con- 
taining music by the Billy Graham Crusade and 
a short evangelistic message by Dr. Graham is sched- 
uled to be released at the end of this month. Ad- 
vance demand for this record has been expressed 
by the multitude of telephone calls and personal re- 
quests received at the studio and in the Book Stores. 
The recording, has already begun on our second long 
play record which is aimed at the children. No re- 
lease date has as yet been set for this record. The Billy 
Graham record brings to a total of 39 records re- 
leased in Argentina under our "Maranatha" label. 
All of the "Maranatha" records have been sold at 
near cost for the purpose of evangelization rather 
than profit making. 



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A. R. E. A. 

A. R. E. A. ('Asociacion Radio defusores/as Evan- 
gelicas de America) or in English (American Radio 
Evangelistic Association) . This is the branch of 
OAVEA or of the studio related to distribution of all 
products of the studio and the supervision of all 
"follow-up" work. 

The Slavic Bible Institute 

The Slavic Bible Institute (utilizing its students) 
under the responsibility of its director, Andrew Semen- 
chuk, has come to our aid, on the increasing task 
of distribution of literature. New Testaments, etc., to 
our listeners. As the nationwide network of the "Hora 
del Templo" takes shape, this follow-up work will 
increase manyfold. We appreciate the work of the 
students in this field. 

In Gratitude 

Bible Meditation League: We are highly grateful 
for the timely help received from the Bible Medita- 
tion League in the form of 10,000 New Testaments, 



delivered to us through the American Bible Society 
in Argentina. 

Signal Lights We are also grateful to the Breth- 
ren Church and to the "Signal Lights" for making 
available funds for employing Daniel Herrera during 
this year. He is developing into a real asset to our 
work. 

We wish to convey very especially to all members 
and friends of the Brethren Church our heartfelt 
appreciation and recognition that we all have in 
our hearts for your very valuable contributions to 
the Evangelical cause of Argentina, the fruits of which 
will be manifested in its fulness in Eternity. He will, 
in that coming day of days, recompense everyone ac- 
cording to his faithfulness and loving, giving spirit 
for the cause of Him who died on Calvary so that 
we may share with Him the house of many mansions 
for eternity. 

Yours by His grace, 

Harold E. Stacey, Director CAVEA 

Robert O. Byler 

John D. Rowsey 



INTRODUCING NEW 

OFFICE SECRETARY 

Marion M. Meilinger 



M' 



fRS. MARION MELLINGER, 
better known as "Mickey," 
comes to the Missionary Board of- 
fice well equipped for her work. 
She has more than ten years of 
business experience in offices as- 
sociated with electronics, motors, 
furniture, road construction and 
poultry equipment. Mickey has 
thoroughly enjoyed her work, with 
each of these positions holding 
considerable interest and challenge 
for her. However, since she had ac- 
cepted Christ as Savior at an early 
age, it seems only natural to her 
that she should employ all her 
energies and talents in His service. 
Mickey was born in Schenectady, 
New York, and lived there until her 
marriage eighteen years ago to 
Delbert Meilinger, then a student 
at Ashland College. The Mellingers 
have the distinction of being the 
first residents of Glenn Haller 
Court, portable apartment units for 
married students of the college. 
Her husband, Delbert, is the Na- 
tional Laymen's Treasurer, and is 
Financial Secretary of the First 
Brethren Church (Park Street) in 
Ashland. Their son, Herman, is a 
sophomore in high school and 
daughter, Claudia, is in the sev- 
enth grade of junior high school. 
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Maust, of the 



Nappanee Brethren Church, are 
her in-laws. 

She is active in the program of 
the Ashland church, where she has 
been a member for seventeen years. 
At the present time, Mrs. Meilinger 
is serving as chairman of the Stu- 
dent Fellowship Committee and al- 
so teaches a Sunday School class. 
Through the years she has been 
a superintendent, teacher, Bible 
School worker, youth leader in the 
local church and served as instruc- 
tor at Camp Bethany for one ses- 
sion. Her services have also 
branched out to include school ac- 
tivities, P.T. A., Cub Scouts and 
Brownies, as well as Y.W.C.A. work 
and Red Cross services. Mickey has 
found many ways to be of service, 
in the church and community, and 
has entered into each activity with 
enthusiasm and earnest effort. 

Numerous interests and hobbies 
occupy her attention, but Mickey 
has reduced them to what she calls 
her "therapeutic" rocking chair 
delights — such as sewing, knitting, 
upholstering, reading and hand- 
craft. However, she admits to keep- 
ing a keen eye open to the garden 
magazines and travel folders in 
between spurts of decorating their 
home. 




Mickey has accepted her position 
of Office Secretary as an oppor- 
tunity to give full-time service for 
the Lord. Her growing knowledge of 
the Brethren Church and its mis- 
sionary work will enable her to be 
of great assistance to the board's 
administration, the missionaries' 
varied needs and the local congre- 
gations. She, along with the Gen- 
eral Secretary, missionaries and 
other mission personnel, will great- 
ly appreciate your continuing 
prayers, that all might be used by 
the Lord for the effective proclaim- 
ing of the Gospel; to the end that 
multitudes might come to know 
Christ as Savior and Lord. 



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Bible Sludy for March 



THE RESURRECTION AND THE UFE 



Rev. Donald Rowser 



OUR BIBLE STUDY for this month is taken from 
the eleventh chapter of the Gospel of John. This 
wonderful chapter begins with gloom, progresses to 
joy and then all too suddenly ends in gloom as the 
people seek to put Christ to death. It is perhaps one 
of the most comforting chapters in the New Tes- 
tament and as a result is the basis for many funeral 
sermons today. In the chapter, we see Mary and 
Martha filled with sadness over the sickness of their 
brother, Lazarus. We also see the concerned dis- 
ciples as they try to keep Jesus from going into Ju- 
dea where they seek to stone Him. We see Thomas, 
his doubting character already being manifest; "Let 
us also go, that we may die with him," speaking this 
of Lazarus. Then we see Lazarus in very different 
circumstances, dead, raised, bound, loosed, and in 
the opening verses of chapter 12, we see Lazarus 
feasting. But above all, we see our wonderful Saviour, 
calm as He hears the sad news concerning the death 
of Lazarus; hopeful as He comforts Martha; weeping 
as He sees the love manifested by Mary and friends; 
and powerful as He stands before the tomb and with 
a loud voice cries out, "Lazarus, come forth." 

In this chapter, we also discover some great verses 
which we would do well to remember. These verses 
again bring out the character of those speaking them. 
When Martha heard Jesus was coming, she runs 
out to meet Him and expresses her faith in Him 
when she says, "Lord, if thou hadst been here, my 
brother had not died" (verse 21). These are the 
identical words of Mary when she meets Jesus. Their 
expression of faith will be rewarded later on when 
Jesus raises Lazarus from the tomb. 

After Martha had spoken to Jesus, she runs to the 
little village to get Mary. She greeted her by saying, 
"The Master is come, and calleth for thee." It re- 
mains to us today as a gentle reminder that if our 
Lord tarries, He may come and call for us, taking 
us out of this life into the next. 

The greatest teaching in the chapter, however, is 
found in the verses involved in the conversation 
between Jesus and Martha. She first expresses her 
faith in Christ when she says, "Lord, if thou hadst 
been here, my brother had not died." Martha fur- 



ther expresses her faith when she says, "But I know, 
that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God 
will give it thee." Perhaps we can see here a strong 
hint on the part of Martha suggesting that the Lord 
raise up Lazarus. In order to develop Martha's faith 
Jesus replied, "Thy brother shall rise again." But 
this reply does not seem to comfort Martha, she in- 
terprets it as the general resurrection. There is an 
indication here of Martha's depth of spiritual things. 
Even though it was her nature to be busy serving, 
yet this did not keep her from learning spiritual 
truths. Later, we see the Pharisees and Sadducees 
divided on the subject of the resurrection, the Phari- 
sees believed in it and the Sadducees did not. Martha, 
by her statement, knew about it and evidently be- 
lieved in it, "/ know that he shall rise again in the 
resurrection at the last day." 

Here, we see Martha expressing the feelings of 
countless mourners today. She is not satisfied with 
a reunion in the distant future just like many going 
through the same experience today. In times of mourn- 
ing, the heart craves something for the present, 
and needs a personal relationship with Christ. And 
so to Martha, and to all mourners, comes this glo- 
rious promise of our Lord, "/ am the resurrection and 
the life." Notice He does not need to ask that life 
shall be restored; He does not ask Martha to wait 
for some future reunion; He is Himself the source 
of life-giving power. It is our relationship to a pres- 
ent, Divine, life-giving Lord which gives us comfort. 
Jesus then points out that the spiritual fellowship 
with Himself is the basis and pledge of bodily resur- 
rection and eternal reunion. "He that believeth on 
me, though he were dead, yet shall he live." Jesus 
is reassuring us that the body of the believer is cer- 
tain to be raised; it is not to continue forever under 
the power of death. He reassures Martha of His life- 
giving power when He says, "And whosoever liveth 
and believeth in me shall never die." Here is the 
condition for us today, living and believing in Christ. 
It isn't enough to believe that Jesus Christ is the 
Son of God but we also must live like it. Can others 
tell we believe in Christ by what we say, what we do, 
where we go, what we wear? These, and other ques- 



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tions, we should honestly answer if we are con- 
cerned about living forever. What we believe about 
Jesus Christ greatly affects our living. 

Earlier in the life of our Lord, we heard the great 
confession made by Peter, now in the next verse we 
see it coining from Martha. Jesus simply asks her 
if she believes what He has been saying about life. 
Martha replies, "Yes, Lord; I believe that thou art 
the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into 
the world." Her reply even becomes more forceful 
when we realize that the verb "believe" may be trans- 
lated "I have believed," indicating her abiding faith 
in Christ, not just at that moment reaching her de- 
cision but she has already believed this about our 
Lord. 

The Gospel of John is the Gospel of belief. The 
word "believe" in some form or another is used 101 
times in this Gospel alone. To trace the development 
of faith and belief in the lives of many people is the 
purpose of the writer. Now that we may believe fur- 
ther, a miracle is about to be recorded. This mir- 
acle is introduced by Jesus' words unto Martha after 
she chided Him for having the tomb opened, after 
all, Lazarus was dead now four days. Jesus then 
said unto her, "Said I not unto thee, that, if thou 
wouldst believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?" 
When Jesus first heard from Mary and Martha that 
Lazarus was sick He said, "This sickriess is not unto 
death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God 
might be glorified thereby." Charles R. Erdman says 
of this verse: "By His reply Jesus did not mean to 
say that Lazarus was not to die; nor yet that the 
purpose and sole explanation of the sickness was the 
opportunity for working a miracle of resurrection. 
He meant that the result of this sickness would not 



be the continued victory of death, but the manifested 
glory of God, in the triumph of resurrection and 
life." 

After they had taken away the stone from the 
tomb, Jesus lifted up His eyes and offered a prayer, 
"Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And 
I know that thou hearest me always; but because of 
the people lohich stand by I said it, that they may 
believe that thou hast sent me." Jesus here gives us 
one of the purposes of performing miracles — that 
the people might believe that Jesus is the Son of 
God. After Lazarus had been raised and loosed from 
his burial garments people believed on Jesus. "Then 
many of the Jeios which came to Mary, and had seen 
the things which Jesus did, believed on Him." But 
this does not mean that all believed on Him. Surely 
one would think with such a miracle all those present 
would believe, but this was not the case. Some went 
and reported to the Pharisees what things Jesus had 
done. We still have those who will not believe even 
today. From this incident we see that they sought 
all the more to kill Him. They were more determined 
than ever to put Him to death. 

Jesus is still "the Resurrection and the Life" to 
all who believe on Him. Not long after this miracle, 
Jesus would also die and be buried and be raised, 
not like Lazarus, but in newness of life. Lazarus had 
to die again, but Jesus was raised no more to die. 
He became victor over death and the grave and prom- 
ises all who believe and follow Him the same vic- 
tory. Because Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life, 
we live in hope looking forward to the time when 
these earthly bodies will be changed into glorious 
bodies like unto His. What a glorious hope for us 
as we approach this sacred Easter season! 



Evangelism Instruction 
for March 



THE MESSENGER 



Rev. J. R. Black 



THIS IS THE LAST of the six articles I have been 
privileged to write on the subject of "Evan- 
gelism." In the small space allotted, can it be summed 
up at all? We have tried to understand that evan- 
gelism is more than a "Revival" service, rather that 
it is the main program of each church and every 
Christian, or should be. The church is made up of 
individuals, so most of our time has been spent on 



what can be most accurately called "personal evan- 
gelism." 

In the past articles, we discussed mass soul-winning 
services, Jesus as a personal evangelist, the place 
of the Sunday School in evangelism, and the Bible — 
the "tool chest" of every Christian worker who means 
business for God. Now if the message of salvation 
is to be carried to the unconverted by any one or more 



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Planning 
Section 



of the mentioned means, what of the messenger? 
This should prove to be as good a subject as any with 
which to close this discussion. Dr. C. J. Sharp said, 
"Evangelism is a sacred work. It is the work of Jesus 
Himself in which we are permitted to participate." 
Last month we spoke of the necessity of being fa- 
miliar with the Scriptures. However, to be effective 
in witnessing to another, one must go beyond "know- 
ing" the Scriptures, for what we have learned must 
become part of the Christian's heart and life. I re- 
alize that we live in 1964, and I know that times and 
customs do change. But the Christian's habits, ac- 
tions, language and testimony, or lack of it, in this 
day as in any other might well become a "stumbling- 
block or an occasion to fall" as far as our brother is 
concerned (Romans 14:13). Dr. C. F. Yoder, in his 
work, God's Means of Grace, devoted 54 pages to the 
subject of separation, which I believe he summed 
up in saying, "all the pleasures of this world cannot 
repay such loss of spiritual power and influence" 
(in reference to a pastor's worldly living) . 



We need not make reference only to those things 
commonly called "worldly," for it is equally impor- 
tant to remain humble, considerate, kind and to 
show love and concern for our fellow man. As we 
deal with a lost soul, I feel that he can immediately 
sense our motive, or at least God can. Is it, "Another 
decision to add to my mounting list of converts," or 
"God, help me rightly witness to this one in need 
and in ignorance of your great love." Beloved, there 
is a difference! May we be rightly prepared to deal 
with a soul through prayer as well as preparation. 
May we refrain from senseless and useless arguing 
over nonessential doctrine, and bring one to Christ 
that the Spirit may aid in his "rightly dividing the 
Word of truth." 

Evangelism. I only pray that some reader might 
have given this area of Christian living and respon- 
sibility a few minutes of extra thought as we have 
discussed a few of the many areas of this great work 
of Christ and His Church. 



Topic for March 



BUILDING MY CHURCH — 
through stewardship of treasures 



DURING THE PAST TWO MONTHS, we have con- 
sidered ways in which we can build our church 
through the use of our time and talents. Now it is 
time to turn to the last of this series on steward- 
ship — to perhaps the least popular but most talked 
about subject, our treasures. 

Recently your writer read a stewardship article 
entitled "When Will Women Leave Their Nets?" The 
author of that article had this to say: "When Jesus 
saw two brothers casting a net into the sea, He said, 
'Follow Me.' And immediately they left their nets and 
followed Him. Today, women all over the world are 
reaching for a new equality with men, seeking to 
be understood as individuals. In our country, where 
success is so largely measured in terms of dollars and 
cents, we are told that women spend 85 per cent of 
the national income. To these women, too, Jesus says, 
'Follow Me.' But, too often, in the life of the church, 
they seem reluctant to leave their old, familiar nets. 
But because this is a matter of such great importance, 
we ought to examine the quality of their steward- 
ship, and ask, 'When will they leave their outmoded 
nets?' 

"What of the women who are so ardently 'in busi- 
ness' for the Lord at the annual smorgasbord, the 
ice-cream social, or the coupon-saving drives? Why 



is this money-changing in the temple so attractive | 
to them? Why, in so many churches are the pastors j 
so baffled by the women who will not leave their 
nets? What is this force which so powerfully re- 
strains some women from a plan to minister directly 
to human need, and makes them prefer an indirect, 
round-about 'I'll - make - the - money - for - you - to - do - 
it' discipleship?" 

The writer then went on to explain that women 
too easily forget that it is "Not by might nor by pow- 
er, but by my spirit" that the Lord is pleased and she 
suggested several ways in which women can contribute 
to the stewardship program of their church. 

Truly, women have a unique and priceless con- 
tribution to make to the life of the church. We all 
have a deep inner desire for self-expression. How 
can this be accomplished with the greatest satis- 
faction to ourselves and with strengthening to the 
entire church? Perhaps we have dwelt too often and 
too long on "what not to do" and in condemning 
those who "raise" money. Let us think of some posi- 
tive helps we can render our church. From an in- 
direct service (let George do it — we'll send him mon- 
ey) , let us go to direct Christian service ("Here am 
I, Lord, send me") . 

When we speak of treasures, we immediately think 



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Planning 
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about financial assets and material possessions. How 
often do we consider the real "treasures" which every 
church possesses, which, when nourished in the 
proper teaching concerning stewardship, will be of 
more value to the church than all the money rais- 
ing events anyone can plan? What about our chil- 
dren and young people? Aren't they treasures of the 
church? 

Training in stewardship can and should be made 
a part of the ordinary everyday experiences in the 
home. A child is not born with a sense of steward- 
ship and he does not recognize that he is a steward 
with privileges and responsibilities. The practice of 
Christian stewardship can come only as the result 
of slow growth for the child. It develops gradually as 
he sees adult stewards at work around him. They lay 
the foundations for the understanding of steward- 
ship as they care for and nurture him. 

The child's mother, more than any other person, 
is responsible for the earliest stewardship training. 
It is not an easy task as she needs to develop an 
awareness and expectation of the kind of behaviour a 
child is capable of giving. She must remember that 
his readiness for each new step to good stewardship 
grows slowly. Stewardship begins with small things, 
caring for toys, not wasting food, giving of a little 
offering at Sunday School. All these prepare the 
child for the time he will be expected to become a 
good steward of all his possessions. 

The women who are Sunday School teachers have a 
great responsibility in nurturing this "treasure" of 
the church. Through her teaching of the Bible she 
can show the child why he is expected to be a good 
steward and can point him to Scripture passages 
which will serve as guides. It is true that teaching 
children and youth to practice Christian steward- 
ship will not make an appreciable difference in the 
church's income for a year. It can, however, make 
a tremendous difference in each young life, for years 
to come. One of these young people, firmly com- 
mitted to the church and its support, can be infinitely 
more significant than the entire amount raised at 
a chili supper! 

Let us consider another of the church's treasures. 
New members and newlyweds create year-around op- 
portunities for the women interested in building their 
churches, for they present the challenge of personal 
visitations. If these persons who are entering into 
new relationships with the church are allowed to 
develop improper stewardship habits, it will be dif- 
ficult to change them later. Immediate attention 
to these members can start them on the pathway 
of the Christian management of possessions which 
will bring increased happiness, personal satisfaction, 
and spiritual growth. 

The woman interested in nurturing this treasure 
can offer her services in making calls on these new 
members, both the social calls and those to present 
the stewardship and evangelistic programs of her 
church. This may take more practice and more "work" 



than seUing Christmas cards, but it is far more grat- 
ifying. 

The givers, themselves, are the greatest treasures 
of the church and much consideration must be given 
them. It is easy to become so preoccupied with 
pledges and contributions that the giver is neglected. 
Here again, the woman interested in her church can 
be of invaluable assistance. Constant review of the 
status of pledge payments may disclose a variety 
of needs among the members. Counseling with those 
who are lax in making their contributions can help 
them renew proper relationships with the church. 
They should be advised in the interest of keeping 
them closely related to the church. The would-be 
fund raiser could put her time and talent to good 
use in this counseling effort. Such an interest in 
church members sometimes reveals that the church 
has neglected its ministry to some need — physical 
or spiritual — and can begin to remedy that oversight 
or misunderstanding. Is there a better way of build- 
ing your church? 

As church members, we must remember that the 
local church is a steward, too, and accountable for 
that stewardship. The procedures of the church, in 
making its budget, in handling, recording, banking 
and expending the money entrusted to it by its mem- 
bers, should be reviewed each year by those respon- 
sible for stewardship and finance. What portion of 
the income is budgeted for work beyond the local 
congregation? Every congregation should strive to- 
ward the giving of at least as much for the world- 
wide program of benevolence as for its local witness 
for Jesus Christ. Here is another area in which the 
women of the church can be of invaluable assistance. 

The women can build their church with the steward- 
ship of the treasures of their own society as well. 
Their budget can reflect all of the unique contribu- 
tions which only women can make rather than show 
only certain pet projects. The energies of the would- 
be money-makers should be directed into undertak- 
ings of unquestionable Christian worth. When a wo- 
man performs acts of Christian love, mercy and 
compassion such as visiting the sick, comforting the 
discouraged, teaching in the Sunday School, or sew- 
ing for the needy, she must have the love of Christ 
in her heart. And surely He values such service far 
more than any money that can be gained by con- 
ducting church bazaars or rummage sales. 

The church's program of stewardship for men, 
women, and money is never completed. When it is 
planned and administered wisely, spiritual growth 
will result. Few people, including women, will ever 
reach perfection as stewards of God's gifts. The best 
stewards are those who are keenly aware of their 
need for even further spiritual growth. 

When will the women "leave their old nets" of 
stewardship? It has become evident that when women 
face a clear challenge to their Christian stewardship, 
they gladly leave their old, outmoded nets to share 
in the more rewarding task of strengthening the 



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program of the whole church. How do they do this? 
One way is by nurturing the young people and chil- 
dren in the ways of good stewardship; by showing 
a concern for the new members and newly weds; by 
giving of time to help with the financial program of 
the church; and by making sure each woman's so- 
ciety is also a good steward. When a woman's inter- 
est truly becomes vital, then she will be able to build 
her church through the use of her treasures. Christ 
has said to each of us, "Follow me." Are we willing 
to leave our nets and say unto Him, "Here am I, Lord, 
use me"? 



Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 



C. Y. Gilmer 



TO THE CHOIR 

You are the chosen of the Lord 

To sing His highest praise; 
And through the medium of song 

To show His wondrous ways. 

Yours is the privilege of grace; 

Your words His truth express; 
Through sacred music you promote 

The cause of righteousness. 

So lift your voice with one accord. 

And let your anthems ring; 
The people will be richly blessed, 

And God will hear you sing. 

— James Tillman 

SINGING first appears in the Bible as a part of 
the merrymaking used to speed the parting 
guest (Gen. 31:27). The first religious ceremony in 
which it is employed was the responsive song led 
by Miriam in celebration of the passing of the Is- 
raelites through the Red Sea (Ex. 15:1, 21). Another 
responsive song is Psalm 136 where the singers re- 
spond to their leader twenty-six times in the refrain: 
"for His mercy endureth forever." The same meth- 
od was used by the women singers who sought to 
honor Saul and David (I Sam. 18:7). 

The digging of the well of Beer was celebrated by 
a song (Num. 21 : 17, 18) . Moses taught Israel some 
of his farewell warnings in a song (Deut. 32:1-4). 
Deborah and Barak rejoiced in a duet over their God- 
given triumph (Judg. 5:1-31). In social pleasures, 
Barzillai speaks of "singing men and singing wo- 
men" being employed (II Sam. 19:35). Solomon had 
"singing men and singing women" along with all 
sorts of musical instruments (Eccl. 2:8). Solomon 
composed "a thousand and five" songs (I Kgs. 4:32). 

That the power of music might be enlisted in the 
religious development of the people, singers were 
appointed for holy service (I Chron. 15:16-22). In 
fact, the Jewish worship under David, like the Church 
of the Reformation under Luther, and the revival 



The Brethren Evangellsli 

under Wesley, "rose in a whirlwind of song" (I Chron. 
6:31-33; 9:33). David's trained choir numbered two 
hundred and eighty-eight (I Chron. 25:6, 7). When 
the ark was brought into the new temple built under^ 
Solomon, the choir was accompanied by one hundred! 
and twenty trumpeters (II Chron. 5:12, 13). Thet 
singers themselves employed harps and psalteries 
(9:11). The voice was the principal thing, only an 
accompaniment was furnished by the instrument (I 
Chron. 13:8). Successors to Solomon continued the 
work of the temple choir: Jehoshaphat (II Chron 
20:21, 23); Joash (23:13, 18); Hezekiah (29:27, 28, 
30); Josiah (35:15, 25); Ezra (Ezra 2:41, 65, 70; 
3:11; 7:24); Nehemiah (Neh. 7:44, 67, 73; 10:28; 11: 
22, 23; 12:27-29, 42-45, 47; 13:5, 10). The widespread 
fame of the songs of Zion is described in Psalm 137 

Sometimes their chants in an elevated voice was 
almost akin to shouting. Joshua mistook the song of 
worship before the golden calf, which must have 
been heathenish, for the battle shout (Exod. 32:17). 
The shouting over the ark (II Sam. 6:15) is singing 
in I Chron. 13:8. In the Moabite vineyards (Jer. 48: 
33) there is shouting and singing (Isa. 16:10). Lam. 
2:7 compares the tumult of a victorious army in the 
temple to the sound "as in the day of a solemn feast." 
It was common for prophets to prophesy with an 
accompaniment of instrumental music (I Sam. 10:5 
I Chron. 25:1-3). The outstanding choir in the New 
Testament is the angelic choir in praise of the birth 
of Christ (Lu. 2:13, 14). In I Timothy 3:16, we have 
an excellent sample of a gospel chorus, which was 
sung in the first century. In Revelation we read of 
a "new song" (5:9) in Heaven. There we will 
"Sing the song of Moses and the Lamb, by 
and by. 
And dwell with Jesus evermore." 

Meanwhile, keep making melody in your heart to 
the Lord (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16)! 

Sunday School 

Lesson Comments 

Cari H. Phillips 

Topics copyrighted by the International Council 
of Religious Education. Used by permission. 



Lesson for February 9, 1964 

A MAN MADE WHOLE 

Text: Lulie 8:26-39 

WHEN JESUS CAME into the world to redeem 
men, His work touched on both body and 
soul of man. The body, the mind and the spirit of 
every man is affected by sin and subject to disorder. 
In His work, Jesus dealt with all three aspects of 
men. Jesus did not say that the body does not matter 
just so long as the soul is ministered to. In the final 
plan of salvation, we see the body resurrected and 
the soul completely healed. It follows that men's 
minds will be given complete sanity and health. The 
ministry to the body and mind of man was an im- 
portant part of Jesus' work. It was an important part 
of the work of the disciples. 



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The man of Gadara was afflicted mentally. The 
IBible says that his mind was controlled by devils 
or dem.ons. The healing took place when Jesus com- 
manded the demons to get out. (The hogs preferred 
suicide to the companionship of devils.) 

Our nation's number one health problem is men- 
tal illness. It is said that about half of all other physi- 
cal ailments are due to mental difficulties. We are 
not to assume, however, that all mental disarrange- 
ments are due to demons no more than that all 
the physical troubles that Jesus healed were due to 
either Satan or sin (in a direct causative sense) . At 
the base of all evils lies sin. It is also true that Sa- 
tan will take advantage of sinful men to work his 
woes. There are different reasons and causes — John 
9:3; 11:4; Luke 13:16; Matt. 8:16, 17; John 5:2 ff. 
But which is which? 

GOD WORKS MIRACLES — 

There are some today who brand themselves as 
Christians and some who are doubtless sincere Chris- 
itians who belittle any means to heal the body and 
mind other than prayer, laying on of hands or anoint- 
ing with oil. Jesus Himself did not honor any one 
(particular method. Note: 



Mark 9:14f — healing by prayer and fasting. 

Matt. 9:27f — by faith on the part of the individual 
needing help. 

Mark 5:25ff — by touching His garments. 

Luke 6:6f — by obedience to a particular command 
suited to the individual. 

Luke 5:13 — by touching the individual. 

Luke 4:39 — by rebuking the disease itself. 

John 9:7 — by taking a bath. 

Mark 7:32f; John 9:6 — spit and clay. 

We can scarcely deny that God would not honor 
the ministry of Christians through medicine and sur- 
gery. A grand array of missionaries ' and doctors 
could testify to miracles of God who worked far be- 
yond their skills to bring healing. We would not 
slight Christian psychologists even though worldly 
men and quacks may darken the title to this pro- 
fession. We would not forget that Jesus was a Won- 
derful Counsellor (Isa. 9:6). A psychologist is lit- 
erally one who studies the soul. 

The work and intention of Christ's redemptive 
mission, passed on to the Church, is that man might 
be restored to his right mind, to his place in God's 
kingdom. Without Christ, a man is forever deformed, 
forever in a helpless and lost condition. 



Daily Devotions 

General Theme for the Year: "APPROVED UNTO GOD" 
Theme for February — "IN OUR LOVE FOR OUR NEIGHBOR" 



Writer for February — JMrs. Alvln H. Grumbling 
February 15th through 21st — "The Dispensation of Love" 



Saturday, February 15, 1964 

Read Scripture: Hebrews 10:16-25 
Matthew Henry, in his commen- 
tary, says of Hebrews 10 : 24, "Chris- 
tians ought to have a tender con- 
sideration for one another; they 
should affectionately consider what 
their wants, weaknesses and temp- 
tations are; and they should do 
this, not to reproach one another, 
to provoke one another not to 
anger, but to love and good works, 
calling upon themselves and one 
another to love God and Christ 
more, to love duty and holiness 
more, to love their brethren in 
Christ more, and to do all the good 
offices of Christian affection both 
to the bodies and souls of each 
other. A good example given to 
others is the best and most effec- 
tual provocation to love and good 
works." 

The Day's Thought 
// we love one another, God 
dwelleth in us, and his love is 
perfected in us (I John 4:12). 



Sunday, February 16, 1964 

Read Scripture: Luke 6:27-35 

The command given in Matthew 
5 : 44 is humanly impossible to keep ! 
But thank God, Jesus does not 
leave it to our strength to keep it. 
This is the covenant that I will 
make with them after those days, 
saith the Lord, I xoill put my laws 
into their hearts, and in their 
minds will I write them (Heb. 10: 
16) . We are Indwelt. 
"Lord, help me," so we pray, 

"Help me my work to do; 
I am so ignorant and weak. 

Make me more wise and true." 
"Lord, help me to do Thy work," 

We pray when wiser grown. 
When on the upward way 

Our feet have farther gone. 
"Lord, do Thy work through me," 

So when all self we lose. 
His doing and His work, and me 

The tools His hand can use. 
— Annie Johnson Flint 
The Day's Thought 

For it is God which ivorketh in 



you both to loill and to do of his 
good pleasure (Phil. 2:13). 

Monday, February 17, 1964 

Read Scripture: John 15:13-27 

To what extent shall love go? 
"Man has no measure for that 

height of love, 
Nor any plummet for the depth 

thereof ; 
Its length and breadth he may not 

comprehend. 
Nor its beginning find, nor reach 

its end. 
But in that vast illimitable space. 
Whose boundaries he may not 

learn or trace. 
Something there is that stretches 

arms as wide. 
That fills the void and touches 

every side: 
The cross of Chrisit that spans 

God's wondrous love 
And shows the length, breadth, 

height and depth thereof. 

— Annie Johnson Flint 

But God commendeth his love to- 
ward us, in that, ivhile we were yet 
sinners, Christ died for us (Rom. 
5:8). 

The Day's Thought 

Hereby perceive we the love of 
God, because he laid doion his life 
for us: and we ought to lay down 
our lives for the brethren (I John 
3:16). 

Tuesday, February 18, 1964 

Read Scripture: James 1:12-27 



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James, further on in chapter 3, 
says, But the tongue can no man 
tame; it is an unruly evil, full of 
poison. Therewith bless loe God, 
even the Father; and therewith 
curse we men, which are made af- 
ter the similitude of God (James 
3:8, 9). There is no room in love 
for the tongue to stir up envying, 
strife and confusion. Love as de- 
votion to another's well-being can- 
not indulge in hurtful gossip. This 
wisdom descendeth not from above, 
but is earthly, sensual, devilish 
(Jas. 3:15). In contrast, James 
points out, But the wisdom that 
is from above is first pure, then 
peaceable, gentle and easy to be 
entreated, full of mercy and good 
fruits, without partiality and loith- 
out hypocrisy. And the fruit of 
righteousness is sown in peace of 
them that make peace (James 3: 
17, 18). 

The Day's Thought 

For the wrath of man worketh 
not the righteousness of God 
(James 1:20). 

Wednesday, February 19, 1964 

Read Scripture: Matthew 25:31-46 
For God is not unrighteous to 
forget your loork and labour of 
love, which we have shewed toward 
his name in that ye have min- 
istered to the saints and do min- 
ister (Heb. 6:10). God is concerned 
for the physical needs of His chil- 
dren, so much so that He will re- 



ward those who likewise are con- 
cerned for their well-being. Jesus 
says. For whosoever shall give you 
a cup of water to drink in my 
name, because ye belong to Christ, 
verily I say unto you, he shall not 
lose his reward (Mark 9:41). And 
later the Apostle John asks, But 
whoso hath this world's goods, and 
seeth his brother have need, a?id 
shutteth up his bowels of compas- 
sion from him, how dwelleth the 
love of God in him? (I John 3:17) . 

The Day's Thought 

Let us not love in ivord, neither 
in tongue; but in deed and in truth 
(I John 3:18). 

Thursday, February 20, 1964 

Read Scripture: Matthew 18:23-35 
There is a desperate need for 
mercy in all of us. Jesus said, But 
go ye and learn what that mean- 
eth, I will have mercy and not sac- 
rifice: for I am not come to call 
the righteous, but sinners to re- 
pentance (Matt. 9:13). Jesus, when 
asked to teach the disciples how 
to pray, included, And forgive us 
our debts as we forgive our debt- 
ors (Matt. 6:12). For if ye forgive 
men their trespasses, your heavenly 
Father will also forgive you. But 
if ye forgive not men their tres- 
passes, neither will your Father 
forgive your trespasses (Matt. 6: 
14). We need mercy and we need 
to give mercy. Paul advises. And 



be ye kind one to another, tender- 
hearted, forgiving one another, 
even as God for Christ's sake hath 
forgiven you (Eph. 4:32). 

The Day's Thought 

Be ye therefore merciful, as your 
Father is also merciful (Luke 6:36). 



I 



Friday, February 21, 1964 

Read Scripture: I Peter 4:8-19 

The word "fervent" suggests 
great warmth or earnestness of 
feeling in I Peter 4:8. Peter uses 
it also in I Peter 1:22. Seeing ye 
have purified your souls in obeying 
the truth through the Spirit unto 
unfeigned (genuine) love of the 
brethren, see that ye love one 
another with a pure heart fer- 
vently. John says even more 
strongly. We know that we have 
passed from death unto life, be- 
cause ive love the brethren (I John 
3:14). Genuine love which is de- 
voted to another's well-being re- i 
quires both restraint and giving. It I 
involves much thought and time, ! 
for well-being includes so many 
phases of life. As Christians we i 
must examine the quality of love ] 
we give our families and God's, i 
Let all your things be done with , 
charity (I Cor. 16:14). It is our 
witness to them and the world. 
The Day's Thought 
By this shall all men know that ; 
ye are my disciples, if ye have love 
one to another (John 13:35). 



World Religious News 

in Review 



SBC PRESIDENT URGES GIFTS 
TO OSWALD WIDOW 

DALLAS (EP) — ^The President of 
the Southern Baptist Convention 
has called upon Baptists to demon- 
strate "the reality of their Chris- 
tian faith and compassion" by con- 
tributing to help the family of the 
accused assassin of President John 
F. Kennedy. 

SBC President K. Owen White of 
Houston suggested that gifts to 
the widow and children of Lee 
Harvey Oswald "would be a won- 
derful opportunity to demonstrate 
the fact that our faith is warm- 
hearted and personal." 



"Here is a young widow with 
two children, who comes from 
another land, in great need of 
warm Christian friendship and 
sympathetic understanding," he 
said. 

White, pastor of the First Baptist 
Church of Houston, made the state- 
ments in an article published by 
the Baptist Standard, weekly news- 
paper of the Baptist General Con- 
vention of Texas. 

In the same issue. Baptist Stand- 
ard Editor E. S. James said that 
the Oswald family "not only must 
face life with a stigma they did 
not bring on themselves, but they 



must do it without many relatives , 
or friends on whom they can de- . 
pend for help." i 

"Baptists as a denomination are 
not making a plea in her behalf," i 
said the editorial by James, "but | 
the Standard joins the convention 
president in suggesting that we 
minister to this widow and chil- 
dren because they are creatures 
of God and stand in need of friends 
now." 

HEAVY SENTENCES ASSESSED 
IN OBSCENITY CONVICTIONS 

GRAND, RAPIDS, MICH. (EP) — TWO Of- 
ficials of a news company received 
heavy sentences in a federal prison 
for transporting obscene literature 
through the mails and by com- 
mon carriers from California to 
Michigan. 

The unusual stiff penalties in an 
obscenity case were handed down 
by U. S. District Judge Noel P. Fox 



i February 8, 1964 



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here after a jury found both de- 
fendants and the company guilty 
on five counts in a trial lasting 
six weeks. 

A maximum 25-year sentence was 
given to Stanford E. Ad'ay, secre- 
tary of the West Coast News Com- 
pany in Fresno, Cal., with a $25,- 
000 fine. Wallace De Ortega Maxey, 
the company's president, was sen- 
tenced to 15 years and fined $19,- 
000. In addition the company was 
fined $25,000. 

In sentencing the two men, 
Judge Fox said they had "com- 
mercialized and exploited the sale 
of erotic materials which clearly 
appealed to prurient interests." 

The judge added that Mr. Aday 
received the maximum sentence be- 
cause of his "shocking" previous 
record. He noted that this record 
included a term in jail for pander- 
ing. The men had been found 
guilty last December 12. 

CLAIM SOUTH AFRICA 
WITHHOLDS VISA FROM 
DR. CARL F. H. HENRY 

WASHINGTON, D. c. (ep) — Union of 
South Africa authorities reported- 
ly have withheld an entrance visa 
from Dr. Carl F. H. Henry, edi- 
tor of Christianity Today, fort- 
nig'htly magazine published here. 

According to his associates. Dr. 
Henry tried for two months to se- 
cure a visa from the South African 
consulate in New York without re- 
sult. 

Similar persistent efforts in Lis- 
bon, Portugal, to obtain visas for 
himself and Mrs. Henry also failed. 

A statement from Dr. Henry was 
released here. At the time he was 
in Monrovia, preparing to move on 
to Lagos, Nigeria, and the West 
Cameroons. 

Dr. Henry termed the withhold- 
ing of the visa ill-advised and ri- 
diculous. 

"Although Christianity Today 
has been critical of extreme segre- 
gation," he said, "it has nowhere 
advocated extreme integrationist 
views, but has followed a moderate 
course." 

"However, we consistently de- 
plore preferential race treatment 
in the public arena, and condemn 
race prejudice." 

"The withholding of the visas," 
he added, "can only lessen the 
reservoir of goodwill which South 
Africa retains in the United States, 
and allows observers no first-hand 



information about conditions in 
South Africa but the current ru- 
mors about apartheid policy and 
practices." 

("Apartheid" is the South Afri- 
can term for racial segregation en- 
forced by law.) 

Dr. Henry told aides at Chris- 
tianity Today that he intended to 
bring the facts of the case to the 
attention of the State Department 
and to his Congressman. He said 
he will ask them to look into dis- 
crimination against travel rights 
of U. S. citizens in presumably 
friendly countries abroad. 

He is currently on a tour of Af- 
rica, the Near East and Europe, 
accompanied by Mrs. Henry, while 
on a sabbatical leave. While in 
Monrovia, they visited their son 
Paul, a recent Wheaton College 
graduate who serves there with 
the Peace Corps. 

ARCHAEOLOGIST CITES 
FINDINGS ON SITE OF 
CRUCIFIXION 

LONDON (EP) — It is now "reason- 
ably certain" that the site of 
Christ's Crucifixion and Resurrec- 
tion in Jerusalem was outside the 
city walls and within the area of 
the Church of the Holy Sepulcher 
(in the news recently when Pope 
Paul VI visited it on his Holy Land 
pilgrimage) . 

This is the conclusion of Dr. 
Helen Kenyon, noted Oxford ar- 
chaeologist who is directing Pales- 
tine Exploration Fund excavations 
on the ancient walls of Jerusalem. 

Reporting here on recent dis- 
coveries to the Society for the 
study of the Old Testament, she 
said she sank a shaft of 50 feet 
in the vicinity of the Church of 
the Holy Sepulcher and came to 
a portion of wall which she be- 
lieves was part of the wall of 
Jerusalem in Christ's time. 

Important discoveries are ex- 
pected in the 1964 diggings on the 
site of the most ancient city of 
Jerusalem south of the present 
walls on the steep slopes of Kid- 
ron Valley, according to Dr. Ken- 
yon. 

This is the Jerusalem of a thou- 
sand years before Christ which may 
have been laid out in a series of 
platforms above the valley. This 
Jerusalem was destroyed by Nebu- 
chadnezzar and partially restored 
by Nehemiah. Large stone slabs, 
pottery and stone cenotaph which 



have been unearthed suggest a city 
of great dignity. 

SYNOD MODERATOR QUITS 
MINISTRY; SEGREGATION 
FACTOR IN DECISION 

JOHANNESBURG, SO. AFRICA (EP) 

Standing in the pulpit of his 
church before a large Sunday con- 
gregation, the moderator of the 
Southern Transvaal Synod of the 
Dutch Reformed Church announced 
his resignation from the ministry, 
a move caused by his opposition to 
racial segregation. 

The Rev. C. F. Beyers Naude, re- 
garded as one of the progressives 
in the church, decided to leave 
the ministry when he was directed 
to resign as editor of a multiracial 
newspaper and as a director of an 
organization made up of white 
and Negro clergy. 

That organization, recently es- 
tablished, is the Christian Institute 
of South Africa, made up of a large 
number of Protestant and Anglican 
clergymen and including native 
ministers. Both the newspaper (Pro 
Veritate) and the institute have 
strongly criticized the racial segre- 
gation directed by South Africa's 
government. The Church endorses 
the so-called "apartheid" policy. 

DEDICATE BAPTIST 
HIGH SCHOOL IN KENYA 

MOMBASA, KENYA (EP) — ^Kenya's 
Minister for Education, J. D. 
Otiende, officially dedicated the new 
Mombasa Baptist High School here 
"to the service of Christianity and 
to the service of Kenya." 

Speaking before a large gathering 
of Christians and non-Christians, 
he said cooperation between the 
Kenya government and the Baptist 
Mission of East Africa resulted in 
construction of the school. 

The government provided the 
land and the Baptist mission, re- 
lated to the Southern Baptist Con- 
vention in the U. S., provided funds 
for building and equipping the 
school. Costs were set at about 
$45,000. 

Mr. Otiende said the new school 
will be an important addition to 
the country's educational system. 
He said it promises to "maintain 
the highest possible academic 
standard in a Christian environ- 
ment," preparing students "to play 
a valuable part in the future de- 
velopment of their country." 



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Great Men of the Bible: 



APOLLOS 



Mr. Dennis J. Randall 



Now a certain Jew named Apollos, an Alexandrian 
by race, an eloquent man, came to Ephesus; and he 
was mighty in the Scriptures. This man had been 
instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fer- 
vent in spirit, he spake and taught accurately the 
things concerning Jesus, knowing only the baptism 
of John: and he began to speak boldly in the syna- 
gogue. But when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they 
took him unto them, and expounded unto him the 
way of God more accurately. And when he was 
minded to pass over into Achaia, the brethren en- 
couraged him, and wrote to the disciples to receive 
him: and when he was come, he helped them much 
that had believed through grace; for he powerfully 
confuted the Jeios, and that publicly, shoicing by 
the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ (Acts 18: 
24-28) ASV*. 



WE ARE INTRODUCED to Apollos by this para- 
graph of four verses from the eighteenth 
chapter of Acts. Immediately, certain phrases arrest 
our attention and give us an insight into what Itind 
of a man Apollos was. Such phrases as "eloquent man," 
"mighty in the Scriptures," "fervent in spirit," and 
"spake and taught accurately" are poignant with 
meaning. Truly, those of us who teach and preach 
the Word can profit from a study of this great man 
of the Bible. 

First of all, we observe that Apollos was an "elo- 
quent man." Evidence indicates that the word elo- 
quent here does not primarily mean a great orator 
or fluent speaker so much as simply the fact that he 
was a "learned" man. Simply to be a learned man 
does not qualify a man to be a great preacher, for 
elsewhere in the Scriptures we find that Peter and 
John were "unlearned and ignorant" men, but nev- 
ertheless such a virtue would not hinder the procla- 
mation of the Word, particularly in the great intel- 
lectual center of Alexandria. 

Secondly, we note that Apollos was "mighty in 
the Scriptures." There is no doubt about it that Apol- 



los had the ability to use God's Word. To put it simply, 
he was well versed in the Word. Tragically, how few 
men of the pulpit and Sunday School teachers pos- 
sess this virtue of being mighty in the Scriptures 
today. We often hear such comments on our con- 
temporaries as: Rev. "So-and-so" is certainly a good 
administrator, or a good organizer or that Rev. "So- 
and-so" is a good denominational man. Oh! that we 
could say of more of our preachers and Sunday 
School teachers that "He is certainly mighty in the 
Scriptures." 

Further, we observe that Apollos was "fervent in 
spirit." Phillips translates this: "he spoke with burn- 
ing zeal." Have you ever heard it said of someone 
that he was "boiling mad"? In the right sense this 
is what Apollos experienced — a boiling spirit. Lit- 
erally he was on fire for what he had to say. We all 
agree that knowledge without zeal is rather dead 
and zeal without knowledge is worse yet. But to find 
both qualities in one man is truly a wonderful thing. 
Such was Apollos. 

Continuing, we find that Apollos "spake and taught 
accurately" the things concerning Jesus, knowing only 
the baptism of John. How we ought to take to heart 
this revelation concerning Apollos. He spoke and 
taught accurately that which he knew even though 
that knowledge was limited. Someone has said that 
we as preachers and teachers can only help men to 
the level to which we have come. I sometimes get the 
impression that many of our teachers and preachers 
today, like Apollos, know only the baptism of John. 
For example, in "Our Faith," of the four pages given 
to baptism, little more than one paragraph has to 
do with baptism as more than a rite, while the re- 
mainder is given over to means, methods, and modes. 
"For John truly baptized loith water;" but "ye shall 
be baptized with the Holy Ghost" says Jesus. In a 
day when seemingly honest, sincere men are clam- 
oring for believers to seek a subsequent "baptism of 
the Holy Ghost," it behooves us to know — ^what saith 
the Scriptures. 

Thank God we do not find Apollos long in this con- 



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I tinued limited knowledge, for the Lord had guided to 
jJEphesus, Priscilla and Aquila, who were to be used 
' in the further instruction of this man. How often 
God has sent us to someone or sent someone to us 
to instruct us further in the things of God at a time 
when our knowledge was limited. It is from this ex- 
perience with Priscilla and Aquila that we further 
learn another admirable virtue of Apollos, and that 
is his humility. This great, eloquent preacher was 
humble enough to sit at the feet of a tentmaker and 



his wife and receive instructions from them. If 
some member of a congregation today would en- 
deavor to show the preacher the way of God more 
perfectly, what answer would he receive? 

I am sure that we all agree that Apollos is truly 
one of the great men of the Bible even though our 
knowledge of him is very brief. Above all, he is great 
because of what he is in Christ Jesus. 
* The ASV was used because of the more accurate 

rendering of verse 25. 




iPolnters from a Patroness 



HOW TO MAKE YOUR 
SISTERHOOD BEHER 



Mrs. Duane Dickson 

Indiana District Patroness 



Hello Girls, 

I do hope your Sisterhood group 
has made much progress already 
this year. I would like to tell you 
about one S. M. M. group I know. 
Only a few years ago this group 
was "drifting along" expecting 
most of the work to be done by 
the patroness. It always seemed 
so hard to find a date when the 
girls could "be there." I hope this 
is not the case with your society. 
If it is, however, don't be dis- 
couraged. Let me tell you how this 
group was "transformed" from 
their careless attitude to one of 
the four National Honor Societies 
at General Conference this past 
year. Now they can really hold 
their heads up for theirs is a 
worthwhile group and they are 
truly serving their Lord. 

First, the patroness decided that 
through better organization and 
planning, coupled with consistency, 
the girls could become a strong 
active S. M. M. group, not merely 
an almost forgotten group known 
as Sisterhood girls. 

Second, the officers were elected 
wisely for their capabilities and 
faithfulness. (This must never be 



a popularity contest.) Next, they 
were given instructions as to the 
importance of their offices and the 
duties expected of them. They 
were installed by the National W. 
M. S. President, Mrs. Russell Rod- 
key. This took place at the beauti- 
ful and formal Covenant Candle- 
Lighting Service, thus giving the 
importance and dignity to the of- 
fice that it deserves. 

Third, a set date was announced 
for regular meetings and this date 
is not changed. Now, when the 
church plans meetings, the last 
Monday night of the month is con- 
sidered "taken." 

We must spend time in reading 
and preparing a lesson for our 
school work if we expect to re- 
ceive a good grade in school. Right? 
Well, we must also spend time in 
reading lour Bible) and preparing 
(our hearts in prayer) if we ex- 
pect to get a good grade with God. 

A lesson or topic well prepared 
and given is so much more inter- 
esting at our S.M.M. meetings than 
one read by the leader for the first 
time at the meeting. In the group 
mentioned above, they have an un- 
written rule that if the leader of 



the meetings for that month wants 
another girl to give a certain topic 
or have any part of the program, 
she must contact her two weeks in 
advance. This has helped to make 
more interesting and worthwhile 
programs. Another thing this group 
decided was that their programs 
would not be "murdered by mo- 
notony." In other words, they 
would have a variety in the meet- 
ings. A Hobo Party, a Come-As- 
You-Are Party, a Campfire talk by 
the pastor, etc. They always have 
the pastor speak to them at one 
of their meetings. These special 
parts take only a few minutes but 
they add so much. 

This month, they are having a 
Daddy-Date Night. They will take 
their fathers to dinner and the 
February program will be planned 
to interest him in their S. M. M. 
work. To answer rollcall this 
month, they will tell what they 
appreciate most about their fa- 
thers. Each month they have a 
different rollcall and some of them 
are quite amusing. This year they 
decided to have "Secret Sisters." 
The patroness has the list of girls 
with the birthdays and who each 



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secret sister is so she can remind 
them of approaching birthdays. 

This group is also aware of the 
talents their Saviour has given 
them and they are using them to 
serve Him. They have three girls 
known as the "Joy Belles" who 
have been singing for about a year. 
One girl is using the artistic abil- 
ity given her by the Lord to serve 
Him in many ways. She has been 
doing chalk drawings and this tal- 
ent was used as part of the pro- 
gram which they took to the 
Brethren's Home. Girls, your so- 
ciety has talent. Use it. 

In closing, I would like to leave 
a few thoughts with you. These 
are not meant to be funny, far 
from it. They are pathetic because 
they are so often true. This has 
been a real burden to my heart. 

You have all heard of the Ameri- 
can Standard Version of the Bible. 



Well, let me give you what seems 

to be the real American version of 

a few familiar verses: 

Isaiah 6:8 — And I heard the voice 
of the Lord saying, Whom shall 
I send and who shall go for us. 
And I answered and said, "Well, 
don't expect me to go. I've got 
a Latin Club meeting that night 
and that should also explain why 
I can't possibly come to prayer 
meetings on Wednesday night." 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hal- 
lowed be thy name, thy kingdom 
come — "but not before Friday 
night because I just have to go 
to that ballgame." 

The Lord is in His temple — "so 
they'll never miss me and be- 
sides I have all this homework to 
do." 

As for me and my house, we will 
serve the Lord — "one of these 
days." 



// God be with us — "we may be' 
rather uncomfortable doing some 
of the things we want to. Why ' 
do we put everything ahead of. 
God? We give Him the Beggar's 
portion, while we expect the \ 
Heir's Share from Him." 

I would like for you to think 
on this for a moment — ^what does 
God mean to you? I mean, really 
mean to you? Are you as willing 
to work for God as you are for 
the Annual Staff, the Debate Team, 
the Cheer Block, or the Rainbow 
Girls? Wouldn't it be wonderful if 
we worried as much about hurt- 
ing God's feelings as we do about 
hurting our best friend's? It is 
my prayer for you that you will 
each have a good and thus God- 
filled year in your Sisterhood work 
and in serving our Risen Saviour. 



Progress Reports 

from 
Brethren Churches 

VINCO, PA. 

GREETINGS TO ALL the Brethren from the "Stone 
Church Built upon the Rock." As we begin 
another new year, it occurs to us that it has been 
some time since we took time to sit down to share 
with the readers of The Brethren Evangelist some 
of the wonderful blessings we have been enjoying 
here in the Vinco church. The last three months of 
1963 climaxed what had already been a fine year in 
this corner of the Lord's vineyard. We would like 
to mention two or three of the encouraging expe- 
riences and services of the last quarter of the year. 
On the first Sunday of October we observed, as 
we have for several years now. Promotion Day in our 
Sunday School. During the Worship period of the 
Sunday School hour we were favored with special 
music. The children and young people who were to be 
promoted had been lined up with their teachers of 
the past year. Beginning with the children of the 
Nursery Class, each teacher led her pupils into the 
sanctuary onto the platform at the front of the 
church, presented each one with a certificate of pro- 
motion and then introduced them to their new teach- 
er, who, in turn, took them to their new classroom. 
It was indeed an impressive sight to see the pupils 
from thirteen different classes (approximately 175 
young people) taking another upward step in their 
Biblical and spiritual training. 



Also in October, we observed Rally Day in our 
Sunday School. On this Sunday we had all of the 
pupils of the Sunday School assemble together in 
the sanctuary for the opening worship service. This 
is something which we cannot do very often since 
it more than strains the capacity of the sanctuary. 
We had children and young people literally "packed" 
on the platform, in the choir loft, in the aisles and 
across the back of the church. (Ordinarily, only the 
adults meet in the sanctuary at the beginning of 
Sunday School.) Our youth band played several num- 
bers for the group, and our General Superintendent, 
Harold Parks, then led in devotions. We do not set 
"goals" for special days — but rather urge everyone 
to come all of the time — a suggestion which has been 
received in a most encouraging manner. Thus, the 
attendance on Rally Day, 300, was not out of pro- 
portion to our regular weekly attendance of 290 for 
the past three months. (Our Sunday School member- 
ship is 320.) Rally Day was also Awards Day in the 
Sunday School. Attendance pins were given to all 
those who had been present for fifty Sundays out 
of the past year. These ranged in length from one 
to twenty-seven years. A total of approximately fifty 
such awards was made. This year we introduced 
another award — the Robert Raikes Attendance Award. 
This is a large certificate which contains spaces for 
seven yearly seals for additional attendance awards. 
We presented these certificates to the Sunday School 
pupils who had not missed any Sundays during the 
past year. Twenty-seven of our folks received these 
Robert Raikes awards. This was a thrilling experience 
to all who were present to witness these presenta- 
tions. Several folks expressed joy over the prospects 
of the future of the Sunday School and church as 
they witnessed the march of between 175 and 200 
children and young people in and out of the sanc- 
tuary. 

Another of the highlights of the closing months of 



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last year was our revival campaign. Emphasis this 
year was put upon personal evangelism visitation and 
witnessing leading up to a week of special preaching 
services. The area surrounding the church (about a 
three mile radius) was divided into three sectors 
with a captain put in charge of each sector. Each 
captain then chose about a dozen workers for his 
team. For five consecutive Sunday evenings all of 
these workers met for training in personal visitation 
and evangelism. On the closing evening the captains 
were given "information" cards. Each card contained 
the name of somebody in the radius chosen for our 
visitation campaign — some person, or family, not now 
Christians or not now actively working in the church. 
These cards were distributed among the members 
of the three teams, with the instruction to call upon 
these "prospects" during that week. Even many of 
our own people were surprised to discover that there 
were well over 160 such contacts almost within the 
shadows of our own church. The workers were very 
faithful in their calling, and many of them remarked 
that they felt that they had received as great a 
blessing as those who had been visited. The recep- 
tion on the part of those visited was also wonder- 
ful. We opened the week of special services (on Sun- 
day evening) with the showing of the film, "Center- 
ville Awakening." At the close of this service, as the 
invitation was extended, twenty-six folks signified 
their desire to rededicate their lives to the Lord Je- 
sus. This set the tempo for the rest of the services! 
Each night saw a wonderful attendance, both of our 
faithful members and also of those who had been 
contacted through our personal visitation campaign, 
the average nightly attendance being the highest for 
many years. The chief emphasis of the services was 
upon revival— for we felt that if we could truly get 
all of our own folks revived, the unsaved would soon 
begin to feel the results of this revival. By the close 
of the week of special services we were hearing many 
such remarks as, "This is like having our own Cen- 
terville Awakening," "I've never felt like this before," 
"This is different from any revival we have ever had," 
"I just couldn't sit still when the invitation was 
given," etc. Visible results, as far as decisions are 
concerned, included several first-time confessions of 
faith, several coming to unite with this church by 
letter, one young lady dedicating her life to full-time 
Christian service, and forty-six reconsecrations. 

But there were other results — the effects of which 
we are still enjoying. People who hadn't been to 
church for anywhere from a year to twenty years 
began coming and have continued to come; folks 
who previously came to Worship Service or Sunday 
School— but not both— have been faithful to both 
of these morning services; Brethren who had not 
been attending the evening services have now been 
coming faithfully; and whole famines have started 
to attend our Mid-Week Service as a result of the 
impact of this revival. Many friends, outside of this 
church, find it hard to believe that on the majority 
of Sundays this preacher has the wonderful privilege 
of facing a "folding-chair" crowd as extra chairs are 
set up in the rear of the sanctuary, with every seat 
—right down to the front row— being filled. We praise 
God that He led us into this type of a revival and 
evangelistic effort this year, and continue to praise 



Him for the glorious manifestation of His working 
in our midst. 

But in a way, we are "forgetting those things that 
are behind" and are now pressing on into 1964. Our 
theme for this year is "Serve Christ more in '64!" and 
our constant prayer is that all of us will stand ready 
to serve Him whenever, however and wherever He 
would have us. Our W. M. S. ladies are engaged in a 
systematic program of evangelism visitation; our two 
youth groups are working faithfully on their pro- 
grams and especially on Bible study; our Board of 
Deacons meets monthly to discuss plans for the greater 
outreach of the church; the Board of Trustees meets 
regularly both for planning and for working as they 
seek to maintain and to improve our physical plant. 
We know that our God is able — we pray that we 
might be willing. We solicit the prayers of the Broth- 
erhood for the new year, and assure you that we are 
remembering the work of all of the Brethren in our 
prayers. 

Rev. Henry Bates 



Norfhern Indiana 
Ministers Meet 

THE NORTHERN INDIANA BRETHREN MINIS- 
TERS and their wives met at the home of Rev. 
and Mrs. Bill Curtis at North Liberty, Indiana, on 
December 2, 1963. 

A generous dinner was enjoyed by all, and there 
was much fellowship and rich enjoyment around the 
table. 

While the ladies cleared the table and took care of 
the dishes, the men gathered in the living room for 
a short business meeting, health insurance, missions 
and how to finance them, and various other items 
were discussed. 

Following this, all gathered for a short Christmas 
program. The ladies sang for the gentlemen; and 
then the gentlemen, in turn, sang for the ladies. A 
good time was had by all. Many thanks to Bill and 
Fran Curtis for their hospitality. 

The next meeting will be at the First Brethren 
Church, Teegarden, Indiana, with Rev. and Mrs. 
Claude Stogsdill as hosts. 

Those present for the meeting were: Rev. and Mrs. 
Richard Allison, Rev. and Mrs. William Anderson, 
Rev. and Mrs. Claude Stogsdill, Rev. and Mrs. Paul 
Tinkel, Rev. Kent Bennett, Rev. and Mrs. Glen Traver, 
Rev. and Mrs. William Cole, Rev. and Mrs. Milton 
Bowman, Rev. and Mrs. Albert Curtright, Rev. John 
Byler, Rev. Amos Mast and Rev. and Mrs. William 

Curtis. 

Rev. Albert Curtright 
Secretary 




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In ihis Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial; "His Wonders to Perform!" 3 

The Brethren Youth 4 

Children's Devotions — February 19-29 6 

Daily Devotions — February 22-29 8 

The Brethren Layman (Program for March) 10 
Progress Reports from Brethren Churches ..11 
Sisterhood Program Materials for March .... 12 
Signal Lights Program Material for March . . 15 

Sunday School Lesson Comments 17 

Spiritual Meditations 17 

Missionary Board 18 

Woman's Missionary Society 20 

"A Holy Land Christmas as We Saw It" 

Part II Rev. Delbert B. Flora 21 

News from the Brethren 22 

Memorials 22 



NOTES and COMMENTS 

PASTORS' CONFERENCE 
ON FAITH AND ORDER 

THE ANNUAL Pastors' Conference on Faith 
and Order will be held in Ashland, Ohio, 
during April 7-9. The theme is "Pastors Ap- 
proved Unto God." 

Arrangements have been made to help secure 
housing for those who have no place to stay 
and cannot afford the high cost of motels. 

Mrs. L. E. Lindower, 1111 King Road, Ashland, 
has consented to help secure housing for those 
who need it. It should be stressed that this ser- 
vice should be limited to those who would not 
have access to free or low cost rooms. By striv- 
ing to keep the cost down, we are hoping that I 
more pastors might be able to attend. All in- 
quiries for rooms should be sent to Mrs. Lin- 
dower before March 31! 

We also urge as many pastors' wives to come 
as can and the committee has scheduled Mrs. 
J. M. Bowman as the Wednesday evening speaker 
on the subject: "The Pastor's Wife." 

We urge all pastors to make their plans now 
to attend this event. i 

A complete program will appear in a future I 
issue cxf The Brethren Evangelist. \ 



NOTICE — ALL DISTRICT 
BRETHREN YOUTH PRESIDENTS: 



I 



All District Brethren Youth Presidents are 1 
requested to please send in their names and! 
addresses immediately to: 

Rev. Russ Gordon 
c/o Brethren Youth 
Ashland College 

Ashland, Ohio ; 

I 

Our National Youth President needs to get' 

some information to you and from you so send 

your "John Doe" and address NOW! 



ALL PASTORS 

AND CHURCH SECRETARIES — 

PLEASE NOTE: 

SOME TIME AGO, you received a questionnaire 
from Rev. Jerry Flora of the National Breth- 
ren Ministerial Association relative to roll re- 
vision, active and inactive member procedures. 
This questionnaire is to be mailed back to, 
Rev. Flora before March 14! Please give thisi 
matter your immediate attention! 



OUR COVER PICTURE— Don Knight Photo. 



Weddings 22 

Coming Events 22 

World Religious News in Review 23 



i February 15, 1964 



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the 

editor's 

editorial 



APPROXIMATELY fifty pas- 
tors, seminarians, wives 
and interested persons attended 
a luncheon for Brethren pastors 
at the YMCA in Columbus, Ohio, 
during the Ohio Pastors' Con- 
ference, for the purpose of fel- 
lowship. This is an annual af- 
fair. But this was a very spe- 
cial affair! For you see, Rev. 
Virgil Ingraham, General Sec- 
retary of the Missionary Board, 
had made arrangements for Mr. 
Harold Stacey and Mr. Bill Fa- 
sig of Argentina to speak to us. 

Mr. Stacey has been instru- 
mental in getting the religious 
program, of which we are a 
part, on the largest network in 
South America. Some twenty- 
five local stations carry these 
broadcasts. Tliis, in itself, is a 
great accomplishment. 

But this is not what thrilled 
us that day! We were all struck 
with the way in which God 
worked through Mi-. Stacey and 
others to bring about this 
achievement. God works in mys- 
terious ways to bring about His 
way; the problem comes with 
our impatience. 

You will recall, of course, how 



a few years ago, the Brethren 
Church gave several thousand 
dollars for the purpose of as- 
sisting in the purchase of a radio 
station in Argentina for the sole 
purpose of religious broadcasts. 
According to Mr. Stacey, three 
attempts were made to make 
such a purchase; three times 
the dooi's were closed; God had 



His 

Wonders 
to Perfofm! 



greater things in store. 

One day, during the course of 
his business, Mr. Stacey heard 
the name of an old friend men- 
tioned who was in charge of 
the largest radio network in 
South America. Immediately, 
Mr. Stacey made an appointment 
with him to talk over the pos- 
sibility of a religious broadcast. 
The choice hour for such a pro- 
gram is 9:30 in the evening; 
knowing this, Mr. Stacey asked 
for a morning hour, which could 
not be given; he then asked for 
an afternoon hour, which could 
not be given. The station owner 
then asked him if he would con- 
sider time at 9:35 in the eve- 
ning! Certainly God had a hand 
in this! The time was given. 

But, there were still compli- 
cations. The broadcast had to be 
"live," it could not be taped. 
This was almost impossible. 
However, after some discussion, 
the owner called for his engineer 
— he, too, was an "old friend" 
of Mr. Stacey! Arrangements 
were made whereby tapes could 
be used for the program ! Again, 
God opened another door! 

As always, the problem of 
finances came into being. Mr. 
Stacey, Rob Byler, John Row- 
sey, their wives and other in- 
terested persons, met to discuss 
the matter. They decided that it 
should be financed by local con- 
gregations. Letters were sent 
out immediately, asking if the 
churches would finance such an 
adventure. By the deadline, tele- 
grams, letters, telephone calls 



came supporting the program 
up to two-thirds of the total 
cost, which will be approximate- 
ly $1,500 per month! God still 
works in His own way! 

We were all thrilled to hear 
this story! It is now very prob- 
able that the funds that were 
to be used to purchase a radio 
station will be used to purchase 
equipment for the broadcasts. 

Besides this, Mr. Stacey told 
us of two television programs 
being telecasted by this organi- 
zation each week. One does not 
cost anything; the other is paid 
for by the station! These are 
religious programs that deal 
with the individual and his daily 
problems. 

As we asked questions rela- 
tive to all this, someone asked 
what was needed most other 
than finances. The answer was 
this: "We need dedicated peo- 
ple who will go to Argentina and 
assist in this work — people who 
are trained in radio and tele- 
vision work. They must be tech- 
nicians." Certainly there are 
some in the Brethren Chui'ch 
who would be willing to work in 
this field ! God is calling ! 

Isn't it amazing how God will 
work through us if we will yield 
completely to Him and will be 
patient? I wish every Brethren 
could have heard Mr. Stacey and 
Mr. Fasig. Thank you, men, for 
sharing with us this experience ! 

We Brethren need to support 
this work. If you have questions, 
write to the Missionary Board. 

S. G. 



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THE EFFICACY OF PRAYER is not simply a mat- 
ter of belief with me. I know the value of prayer. 
I have learned what prayerful hearts can do. 

After I was stricken down by a heart attack in 
July of 1955, thousands of men and women from 
throughout the nation wrote me that they were pray- 
ing for my recovery. 

Some of these communications came from lifelong 
friends. Some came from people I had met casually 
over a period of years. Many were written by in- 
dividuals I had never known and who, I would have 
thought, could not have known of me. 

As my wife read these messages to me, and later as 
I became able to read them for myself, I could literally 
feel myself gaining strength of spirit and body. 

"We are praying for you to get well," these wonder- 
ful people would write me — and I did get well. 

I have hoped a thousand times since then that 
all of them knew what they did for me — and for 
members of my family as well, for they, too, benefited 
from the prayers of these friends, acquaintances and 
strangers. 

A belief in prayer may be accounted by some a 
matter of faith; so it is. But, so far as I am con- 



The Brethren Evangelist 

8 KNOW THE POWER OF PRAYER 




Religious News Service Photo 

by 

Lyndon B. Johnson, President 
of the United States 



earned, it also is a matter of sure and certain knowl- 
edge. 

I know what the prayers of others did for me. 
There is no more powerful force than prayer. There 
is no greater source of new strength and new cour-- 
age for the individual than daily communion with 
the Supreme Being. 

(Authorized and with permission from the 
book: I BELIEVE IN PRAYER, T. S. Denison 
& Company, Minneapolis, Minn.1 



Strength to live the Christian life comes through 
close communion with God. 

1. How much time do I spend in prayer each day? 
Fifteen minutes or more? Five to fifteen min- 
utes? Less than five minutes? Do not pray? 

2. Do I have a definite prayer list to help me re- 
member requests for prayer? Yes? No? 

3. Do I always return thanks at the table regard- 
less of whether I am at home or elsewhere? 
Always? 'Sometimes? Never? 

4. Do we have a definite period of family devotions 
every day? Yes? No? 

How shall we teach 

A child to reach 

Beyond himself and touch 



The stars, 

We who have stooped so much? 

How shall we say 

To him, "The way 

Of life is through the gate 

Of love," 

We who have learned to hate? 

How shall we dare 

To teach him prayer 

And turn him toward the way 

Of faith. 

We who no longer pray? 

— ^Mildred R. Howland 



I February 15, 1964 



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I know a place 

Where there is no peace, 

A calm where the wild winds blow, 

A secret place 

Where face to face 

With the Master I may go. 

Oh, tell me why 

As the days go by, 

And the wild winds blow defeat. 

That I do not go 

To this place of sure retreat — 

A secret place, 

Where face to face 

The soul and the Master meet? 



Blondin, the famous tightrope walker, was ready to 
begin a performance. He said to a sm.all boy watch- 
ing him, "Do you believe I can walk across that 
rope?" "Yes, I do." Then Blondin said, "Do you be- 
lieve I could carry you on my back and walk across?" 
"Yes, certainly." "Very well, then," said the man, 
bending down, "jump on my back." But the boy had 
already disappeared! He believed, but he wasn't will- 
ing to act on the faith that was in him. 

Here is the cause of much of our fear. The infinite 
God is ready, willing, and able to carry us across 
the tightropes of life in perfect safety. Yet we do 
not let Him. We say we believe in God. But we are 
unwilling to surrender ourselves to His will and way. 
The divine strength and wisdom are ours for the 
taking. Yet we prefer to struggle along on our own. 
When we put ourselves in God's hands, we are borne 
up by life-giving forces not our own. 

— Charles M. Crowe 



HE PRAYED 

He prayed for strength that he might achieve; 

He was made weak that he might obey. 

He prayed for health that he might do great things; 

He was given infirmity that he might do better things. 

He prayed for riches that he might be happy; 

He was given poverty that he might be wise. 

He prayed for power that he might have the praise 

of men; 
He was given weakness that he might feel the need 

of God. 
He prayed for all things that he might enjoy life; 
He was given life that he might enjoy all things. 
He had received nothing that he asked for — all that 

he hoped for; 
His prayer was answered — he was most blessed. 

— ^Author Unknown 




GOD OF ALL NATIONS 

God of all nations, 

We pray for all the peoples of the earth. 

For those who are consumed in mutual hatred and 
bitterness, 

For those who make bloody war upon their neighbors, 

For those who tyrannously oppress, 

For those who groan under cruelty and subjection. 

We pray Thee for all those who bear rule and respon- 
sibility, 

For child races and dying races, 

For outcast tribes, the backward and down-trodden, 

For the ignorant, wretched, and the enslaved, 

We beseech Thee, teach mankind to live together in 
peace, 

No man exploiting the weak, no man hating the strong, 

Each race working out its own destiny. 

Unfettered, self-respecting, fearless. 

Teach us to be worthy of freedom, 

Pure of heart and hand, despising none, defrauding 
none, 

Giving to all men in all the dealings of life 

The honor we owe to those who are Thy children, 

Whatever their color, their race, or their caste. 

— Anonymous 



. . . The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man 
availeth much. 

James 5:16. 
Let us, in fervent prayer, pray for our President, mem- 
bers of the Congress, all leaders in high places and 
our nation that we might all be led in great and 
small decisions by God. 



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CHILDREN'S 
DAILY DEVOTIONS 

Mrs. Roberf G. Holsinger 




Biljie ieaiUiig» Uuiii Peler, tiaines and John 
Memory Scripture for the month — James 1:32 
Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only. 

February 19-29 



WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1964 

Scripture: James 5:13-15 

Is Any Sicli? 

"Betsy. Peter," called Mother from the doorway. 

The children came running. "What do you want, 
Mother," asked Betsy. 

"The Rev. Jones and Mr. Lee are coming to anoint 
Grandpa and I thought you would like to be here," 
answered Mother. 

"Anoint? What's that?" asked Peter as he and 
Betsy hung up their coats and hats. 

"In the Bible," explained Mother, "we are told to 
call the elders of the church if we are sick and they 
will anoint with oil and pray for healing. This isn't 
something magic. It just shows our complete faith 
in God and our willingness to trust Him. Many, many, 
many people have been healed after they were 
anointed. Those who were not healed were content 
knowing God permits only the best to happen to His 
children." 

"But how does the preacher anoint?" Betsy wanted 
to know. 

"The men are here," said Mother going to the front 
door. "Go into Grandpa's room and watch and listen." 

When the men and Mother came into Grandpa's 
room they visited with him. Then Rev. Jones read 
James 5:13-15. After that he took a small bottle of 
olive oil from his pocket, poured a little into his 
hand and then rubbed it on Grandpa's forehead. Then 
he and Mr. Lee put their hands on Grandpa's head 
and prayed that Grandpa would be healed if it was 
God's will. 

When the men left Betsy said, "That was a nice 
service. I feel better about Grandpa being sick now." 

"We all do," said Mother. "Grandpa is trusting 
God to do what is best and he feels better, too." 

"Can anyone be anointed?" Peter wanted to know. 

"Yes," answered Mother. "Young or old or in be- 
tween. Anyone who is sick and asks for it will be 
anointed. It is one of the doctrines or beliefs of our 
church." 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for loving me and helping me 
when I am sick. Help me to remember the anointing 
service and to ask for it when I need it. In Jesus' 
name I pray. Amen. 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1964 

Scripture: James 5:16-20 



Fervent Prayer 

"Dad, what does fervent mean?" asked Ben. 

Dad laid down the newspaper. "Fervent," he said, 
"means eager, earnest. A fervent prayer is a prayer 
you pray continuously — not just repeating some words, 
but truly talking with God about what you want." 

"The Bible says the fervent -prayer of the right- 
eous man availeth much," said Ben. 

"Yes," went on his father. "If we love God and 
earnestly pray for something. He will hear and an- 
swer our prayer. Perhaps His answer will not be yes, 
but it will be what is best for us and we will be sat- 
isfied with the answer we get." 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, that I can talk to You in prayer. 
Help me to remember that You will answer my prayers. 
In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1964 

Scripture: I John 1:5-10 

He Is Faitliful and Just 

"I'm going back," declared Andy. "It wasn't right 
to pile all that snow on Mr. Murphy's porch. I'm go- 
ing back and clean it off." 

"Aw, come on," said Jeff. "He'll never know who 
did it." 

"That's right," added Carl. "Besides, he's a mean 
old man. Serves him right." 

"No, it doesn't. I'd be mean, too, if boys played nasty 
tricks on me." With that Andy ran back to Mr. 
Murphy's house. 

The snow was piled high and deep on the porch. 
What a lot of snow three boys could pile up in a short 
time! It took a lot longer for one boy to shovel it off. 

When Andy was finally finished he knocked on the 
door. Mr. Murphy opened it and Andy said, "I helped 
my friends pile that snow on your porch. I wanted you 
to know I'm sorry and this is the reason I shoveled 
it off." 

"It was thoughtful of you to come back," replied 
Mr. Murphy. "It's difficult for an old man to shovel 
snow." 

"We've done other mean tricks, too, Mr. Murphy, 
and I'm sorry," went on Andy. 

"I forgive you, my boy. I know what you've done. 
I've seen you from my window, but I forgive you," 
said Mr. Murphy. "Do come in and have a cup of 
cocoa with me." 

Later, as Andy was walking home, he thought of the 
wonderful stories Mr. Murphy told of when he was a 
boy. "He's really a nice old man," thought Andy, 
"and he forgave me for being mean to him! I'm glad 
we're friends now." 

Each one of us has done wrong things. We have 
sinned against God. He will forgive us if we but ask 
Him. 

Have you told God you're sorry for the wrong you 
did? 
Prayer : 

Forgive me, God, for the unkind things I've done. 
Help me to do what is right and good. In Jesus' name 
I pray. Amen. 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 1964 

Scripture: I John 2:1-6 



February 15, 1964 

Walk As He Walked 

"When I grow up," Donnie told his father, "I'm go- 
ing to be a painter like you. I'm going to watch you 
mix paint so I'll know how to make pretty colors. 
I'm going to practice walking on a board so I can 
work on a high scaffold like you do to paint up high." 

"Anyone can paint," said Dad, "but not everyone 
is a good painter. If you really want to be a painter, 
I will help you learn." 

A painter should be a good painter. Donnie will 
learn to be a good painter by watching and doing 
what his father tells him. 

A Christian should be a good Christian. We learn to 
be a good one by following Jesus. By reading the 
Bible and praying we learn to be good Christians. 
We learn what God wants us to do. Then we can 
"walk as He walked." 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, that Jesus came to earth to show 
me how to live as a good Christian. Help me this day 
to walk as He would walk. In His name I pray. Amen. 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1964 

Scripture: I John 2:8-15 

Love Not the World 

"Mom," said Jim as he came in the back door one 
Saturday, "There's a swell movie on this afternoon. 
It's a dog story. May I go?" 

"This afternoon," reminded his mother, "is when 
the children of the church were going to meet to 
pack friendship boxes for the missionaries' children." 

"Do I have to do that?" asked Jim. 

"No, you don't have to," replied his mother, "but 
if all the children decided not to go, who would pack 
the boxes?" 

"The teachers, probably," said Jim. 

"And would you feel as though you were a part of 
it when the missionaries' children write about the 
boxes?" asked Mother. 

"No," said Jim softly. 

"Whenever we want to do something for God, some- 
thing else seems to be saying, 'Come do me instead.' 
This," Mother went on, "is called the 'World' in the 
Bible. We are warned not to love the world more 
than God. Think which will make you truly happy — 
to go to the show and have fun this afternoon; or to 
have fun with your friends at the church packing 
boxes which will bring joy to the missionaries' chil- 
dren." 

"I'll be right back, Mom," said Jim as he dashed out 
the door. "I want to remind the other fellows about 
going to the church this afternoon. They must have 
forgotten." 
Prayer: 

Dear God, help me to show my love for You by 
following You and not the world. In Jesus' name I 
pray. Amen. 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1964 

Scripture: I John 3:1-3 

When He Shall Appear 

"Mother," asked Jane, "what will it be like when 
Jesus comes back?" 

"We don't really know, Jane," answered Mother, 
"but the Bible tells us a little about it. We don't know 
if it will be in the morning, at noon or night, but 



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we are told He will come quickly — in the twinkling 
of an eye." 

"What will Jesus look like — hke the pictures we 
have of Him?" Jane then wanted to know. 

"I doubt it," replied Mother. "The pictures are just 
artists' ideas of what He looked hke when He was 
on earth. The disciples had walked and talked with 
Jesus again after He arose from the dead. They 
touched Him and ate with Him. When Jesus went in- 
to Heaven the angels told the watching people, This 
same Jesus will come back in like manner. So we 
know Jesus will look as He did to the people who saw 
Him go into Heaven. 

"We don't really know what it will be like, Jane," 
Mother went on, "but we know that those who be- 
lieve in Jesus will go to be with Him. It will be a 
glorious happy day!" 

Are you ready for Jesus to come? 
Prayer: 

Dear God, thank You for sending Jesus to earth. 
I know He is your Son and I want Him to be my 
Savior. In His name I pray. Amen. 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1964 

Scripture: I John 3:18-24 

This is His Commandment 

Ted and Bud were building a radar tower with 
Bud's erector set. They worked silently for awhile 
and then Ted said, "Do you believe what Mrs. Kelly 
told us in Sunday School yesterday? You know, about 
believing that Jesus is God's Son?" 

"The Bible tells us He is," answered Bud, "and I 
believe it. Don't you?" 

"Yes, I do," replied Ted. "But you know Mrs. Kelly 
said if we love and serve Jesus, we'll love everyone 
else. That's the part that's hard for me to obey." 

"It is hard," agreed Bud. "But when we truly love 
Jesus, it is easier to love those who are unkind and 
mean to us." 

"God knew we wouldn't be really happy unless 
we accepted Jesus as our Savior and loved one 
another," added Ted. "I guess that's why He com- 
manded us to do it. I'm glad I'm obeying Him." 

"Me, too!" declared Bud. 
Prayer: 

Dear God, thank You for showing me the way to 
be happy. Help me to obey the teachings of the Bible. 
In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 1964 

Scripture: I John 4:7-11 

God Is Love 

"Grandma," said Brenda, "one of the first Bible 
verses I learned was God is love. What does it mean? 
How can God be love?" 

"Well," replied Grandma, "let's think first about 
your mother. What does she do for you?" 

"Oh, lots of things," answered Brenda. "She cooks 
things I like to eat. She makes me pretty dresses. 
She washes my dirty clothes. She takes care of me 
when I'm sick and . . ." 

"Why does Mother do all these things?" asked 
Grandma. 

"Because she loves me," said Brenda. 

"That's right," Grandma went on. "If she didn't 
love you, she would spend the time doing things for 



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herself. When you think of Mother you think of love. 
You could say they are the same. Mother takes care 
of you because she loves you. Mother is love." 

"God takes care of us in a much greater way, and 
He has given us much more — all that we have, in- 
cluding Mother and Father. He does this because He 
loves us. When we think of God, we should think of 
love. God is love." 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for loving me and helping me. 
In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1964 

Scripture: I John 4:15-21 

Perfect Love 

"Susie! Look out!" yelled Mike as his two-year-old 
sister stepped from the curb into the street. 

Susie saw her brother in the yard across the street. 
She wanted to go to him. Tiny as she was, she didn't 
look for cars; she just stepped into the street. 

Mike saw a car speeding down the street, and he 
saw his baby sister start across. He dashed toward 
her. 

As he picked her up, the car came to a screeching 
stop just inches from where they stood. 

Later someone said, "Mike, weren't you afraid when 
you ran into the street in front of that car?" 

"No," answered Mike. "All I thought about was Su- 
sie." 

Mike's love for Susie made him unafraid. He thought 
only of keeping her from harm. 

This, the Bible tells us, is perfect love — the kind 
of love we should have for God and for all people. 
Prayer : 

Dear God, help me to have perfect love for You and 
for others. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1964 

Scripture: I John 5:1-5 

This is the Victory 

"I won," shouted Doug as he touched the old tree 
at the end of the walk ahead of the other boys. "I 
won the race." 



"Good for you, Doug," said Dad who had been 
watching the boys. "Do you know why you won?" 

"Sure," declared Doug. "I knew I could if I ran fast." 

"You believed you could win. You had faith in your 
ability to run fast. Is that it?" asked Dad. 

"Guess so," answered Doug. 

"There's another race — a far more important one 
that we can win if we have faith," said Dad. 

"What's that?" Doug wanted to know. 

"Living for God," answered Dad. "The Bible tells 
us if we believe that Jesus is God's Son we will win 
that race. We will have victory." 
Prayer: 

Dear God, guide me this day. Help me to say the 
things and do the things I should. In Jesus' name 
I pray. Amen. 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 1964 

Scripture: I John 5:10-15 

This is tlie Record 

Ann was looking through her baby book. "What's 
this. Mommy?" she asked. 

"That's your birth certificate," Mother told her. 

"What's it for?" Ann wanted to know. 

"It shows," continued Mother, "That you were really 
born. The doctor signed a paper that said you were 
born on February 20, 1957, and sent it to the court- 
house. There it was written in a big book, and we 
were sent this birth certificate," 

Ann giggled. "Anyone can see I'm me. Why did it 
have to be written down?" 

"Sometimes we need to prove how old we are or 
where we were born or who our parents are," Moth- 
er answered. "Everyone knows the information in the 
big book at the courthouse is true. It proves all these 
things." 

Jesus' birth was written down, too. His is recorded 
in the Bible. It proves He is the Son of God. Who- 
ever believes this will live with Him in Heaven. 

Do you believe the record written in this Book? 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for the record of Jesus' birth. 
Help me to believe it, I pray. In Jesus' name. Amen. 



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February 22nd through 29th — "Our Love-Hungry World" 



Saturday, February 22, 1964 

Read Scripture: John 17 

A love-hungry world is looking 
for a pattern and a power for liv- 
ing. They respect and are drawn 
to those, who because they are 
indwelt, have the strength (power) 



to keep God's commandments (the 
pattern of right living) . The in- 
dwelling of the Holy Spirit is proof 
to the world of God's love to those 
who accept Him in that He would 
love them so much as to come 
and dwell within them as He did 



in His own Son. Christ longs that 
our relationship to God the Fa- 
ther should be as close as it is 
between the two of them. The 
world will know that God has sent 
Christ the Redeemer when they see 
Him in the changed attitudes and 
actions of His children. 
The Day's Thought 
Abide in me, and I in you. As 
the branch cannot bear fruit of 
itself, except it abide in the vine; 
no more can ye, except ye abide m 
me (John 15:4) . 

Sunday, February 23, 1964 

Read Scripture: Matthew 24:3-14 

HE GIVETH MORE 
He giveth more grace when the 
burdens grow greater. 



February 15, 1964 



Pasfe Nine 



He sendeth more strength when 
the labors increase; 
To added afEliction, He addeth His 
mercy, 
To multiplied trials, His multi- 
plied peace. 
When we have exhausted our store 
of endurance. 
When our strength has failed ere 
the day is half done, 
When we reach the end of our 
hoarded resources. 
Our Father's full giving is only 
begun. 
His love has no limit. His grace 
has no measure, 
His power no boundary knov>;n 
unto men, 
For out of His infinite riches in 
Jesus 
He giveth and giveth and giveth 
again. 

— by Annie Johnson Flint 

The Day's Thought 

Nay, In all these things we are 
more than conquerors through him 
that loved us (Rom. 8:37). 

Monday, February 24, 1964 

Read Scripture: Romans 13 

Jesus said, Thou shalt love the 
Lord thy God with all thy heart, 
and with all thy soul and with all 
thy mind. This is the first and 
great commandment. And the sec- 
ond is like unto it. Thou shalt 
love thy neighbour as thyself. On 
these two commandments hang all 
the law and the prophets (Matt. 
22:37-40). Love intends and de- 
signs no ill to anybody, is utterly 
against the doing of anything that 
might turn to prejudice, offense or 
grief of any. It not only worketh 
no ill, but it worketh all the good 
that it can. Such love is a wit- 
ness to our neighbor in a love- 
hungry world. 

The Day's Thought 

The whole law is written in the 
heart, 
if the law of love be there. 

Tuesday, February 35, 1964 

Read Scripture: I Samuel 20:11-23, 
41, 42 
Webster defines a friend as one 
attached to another by esteem, re- 
spect and affection. Perhaps one 
of the best examples is the friend- 
ship of David and Jonathan. I Sam- 
uel 18:1 says that the soul of Jon- 
athan was knit with the soul of 
David, and Jonathan loved him as 
his own soul. Even the world rec- 



ognizes the value of such friend- 
ship. 

Love is not love 
Which alters wlien it alteration 

finds. 
Or bends with the remover to re- 
move ; 
Oh, no! it is an ever-fixed mark 
That looks on tempests and is nev- 
er shaken. 

— William Shakespeare 

The Day's Thought 

A man that hath friends must 
shew himself friendly; and there is 
a friend that sticketh closer than 
a brother (Prov. 18:24). 

Wednesday, February 26, 1964 

Read Scripture: I John 5:1-13 

John says. But whoso keepeth his 
word, in him verily is the love 
of God perfected: hereby know we 
that we are in him (I John 5:2). 
// ive love one another, God dwell- 
eth in us, and his love is perfected 
in us (I John 4:12). Beloved, if 
our heart condemn us not, then 
have we confidence toward God. 
And whatsoever ive ask, we receive 
of him, because we keep his com- 
mandmeiits, and do those things 
that are pleasing in his sight. And 
this is his commandment. That we 
should believe on the name of his 
Son Jesus Christ, and love one 
another as he gave us command- 
ment (I John 3:21-23). Love con- 
siders God as loving us in Christ 
and so puts off dread and puts on 
joy in Him (Matthew Henry) . 

The Day's Thought 

Keep yourselves in the love of 
God, looking for the mercy of our 
Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal 
life (Jude 21). 

Thursday, February 27, 1964 
Read Scripture: Romans 12 

We again consider Matthew 5: 
44, but under the heading of "Our 
Love-Hungry World." How many 
people need to be loved in spite of 
their cursing and hating and per- 
secuting of fellow man? Does their 
way of life really bring satisfaction 
to them? Why are they striking 
out so against others? If love is 
devotion to another's well-being, we 
can perhaps understand why Christ 
died for them. They of all people 
particularly need love, to be con- 
cerned for, to have good done to 
them and to be prayed for. Christ 
truly said. Forgive them for they 



know not what they do. They have 
lost the way. 

The Day's Thought 

How can hate have a part in me? 
For I belong to a Man who died 

on a tree 
For those who hated Him. 

Friday, February 28, 1964 
Read Scripture: Romans 8:1-17 

But as many as received him, to 
them gave he power to become the 
sons of God, even to them that be- 
lieve on his name: which were born 
not of blood, nor of the loill of 
the flesh, nor of the will of man, 
but of God (John 1:12, 13). But the 
natural man receiveth not the 
things of the Spirit of God: for 
they are foolishness unto him: 
neither can he know them, be- 
cause they are spiritually discerned 
(I Cor. 2:14). Christ prayed con- 
cerning His disciples, / have given 
them thy loord; and the world 
hath hated them, because they are 
not of the world, even as I am not 
of the world (John 17:14). As chil- 
dren of God, we should not be 
surprised if the world refuses our 
love as it did His. 

The Day's Thought 
// ye were of the world, the 
world loould love his own (John 
15:19). 

Saturday, February 29, 1964 

Read Scripture: H Corinthians 5 
We have noted this month that 
God's love is characterized by its 
devotion to our eternal well-being. 
If we are to follow His command 
and love one another as He loves, 
then we, too, must consider one 
another's eternal well-being. God 
has committed to us the ministry 
of reconciliation. We are ambas- 
sadors for Christ. But let us, who 
are of the day, be sober, putting 
on the breastplate of faith and 
love; and for an helmet, the hope 
of salvation. For God hath not ap- 
pointed us to wrath, but to obtain 
salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 
Who died for us, that, whether we 
loake or sleep, we should live to- 
gether ivith him. Wherefore com- 
fort yourselves together, and edify 
one another (I Thess. 5:8-11). 

The Day's Thought 

And the Lord make you to in- 
crease and abound in love one 
toward another, and toward all men 
(I Thess. 3:12). 



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The 
Laymen's 
Meeting 

James E. Norris 



i 



Program for March, 1964 



Topic: REACHING OTHERS 



And he brought him to Jesus (John 1:42). 
Introduction : 

Every Christian should work with all his might for 
the salvation of the lost. There is something seriously 
wrong with any professed Christian who is not work- 
ing constantly to get men to forsake sin and to ac- 
cept Jesus. SUCH A PERSON IS FEARFULLY BACK- 
SLIDDEN. "One of the most important marks of a 
true and satisfactory Christian experience is the earn- 
est desire to see others saved" (Torrey) . Read Luke 
19:10. 

Devotional Reading: John 1:35-47. 
Topics for Discussion: 

1. One of the two was Andrew, Simon Peter's 
brother. 

We have read the story of Andrew and Philip and 
learned how anxious they were to tell others of the 
Messiah; we also learned how eager they were to 
bring others to Jesus. We find Andrew going imme- 
diately to his brother and bringing him to Christ. 
There is much in this lesson for us. Let each of us 
examine himself as a Layman, asking ourselves this 
question: "Have I brought my brother to Christ? 
How many times have I let him know I want him to 
be a Christian?" There was something about being 
in contact with Jesus which set hearts afire for Him. 
"ANDREW BROUGHT HIM TO JESUS." This same 
power of personality of Jesus still reaches out and 
draws all men unto Him in some way. Let us not for- 
get the day of PENTECOST and the words of Jesus 
in Acts 1:8. 

2. Philip found Nathanael (Verses 43-46). 

Here is an example of a man wanting to see his 
friend find Jesus. Philip is not mentioned too often in 
the New Testament, we only get a glimpse of him 
from time to time, but we always find him near the 
Master. And when he found Him he wanted others 
to find Him, too. Matthew 28:19. TO BE APPROVED 
UNTO GOD, WE MUST EVANGELIZE! 



3. What are the benefits of reaching others? James 
5:19, 20. 

A valuable soul is saved (Mark 8:35, 36). Note that 
a soul is saved from death, not physical, but spiritual. 

4. Every Layman can be a soul-winner. How? 
By first getting right with God; then exalting the 

name of Jesus above every name (no idle talk) . We 
can REACH OTHERS BY WITNESSING (Proverbs 
14:25). 

5. Reaching others at home. Mark 18:21. 

Here, we have an example of one who would follow 
Jesus, he was anxious to go anywhere with the Master, 
but he was told to go home and witness there. It is 
well for us to learn where we are to work. Some- 
times we may not choose the right field because we 
have not relied fully on Him. Reaching others in 
the home is not easy. Our lives must be Godly ones; 
however, this is hard because we are constantly at 
war with the devil, and he is not going to allow us 
to win anyone to Christ if he can prevent it. He will 
even ruin our good name at home. This is why we 
should constantly remember and memorize II Tim- 
othy 2:15. 



NEWS FROM LOCAL 

LAYMAN ORGANIZATIONS 

NAPPANEE, INDIANA 

ON MONDAY EVENING, January 13, 1964, the 
Laymen of the First Brethren Church, Nap- 
panee, Indiana, met for their monthly meeting in 
the church basement. 

President Richard Wenger opened the meeting with 
prayer. The minutes of the previous meeting and the 



February 15, 1964 

treasurer's report were read by Freed Miller. These 
I reports were approved. 

James Heckaman gave the devotional reading from 
John 6:27-40. 

Reports were given concerning the progress of our 
pledges to help pay for the Sisterhood Lodge at Ship- 
shewana. 

After the business meeting, our Program Chairman, 
David Bowers, introduced a panel consisting of Charles 
Stump, Max Miller and Max Bigler who discussed the 
subject: "Laymen Responsibility in Christian Educa- 
tion to Youth." The panel discussed the following 
questions: "What is a Christian Layman?" "What 
can a Christian Layman do to Encourage Youth 
to Live Christian Lives in High School and College?" 
and "Ways Christian Laymen Can Serve in the 
Church." After each question was discussed by a 
panel member, it was then thrown open for discus- 
sion by the others in attendance. This program 
proved to be very interesting. 

Refreshments were served by the Program Com- 
mittee. 

Max Bigler 



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CHRIST LIVES IN ME 



Do not suffer yourself to get excited by what is 
said about you. Let the world talk, do you strive to 
do the will of God: as for that of men, you could 
never succeed in doing it to their satisfaction and 
it is not worth the pains. A moment of silence, of 
peace, and the union to God, will amply recompense 
you for every calamity that shall be uttered against 
you. 

We must love our fellows without expecting friend- 
ship from them; they leave us and return; they go, 
they come; let them do as they will, it is but a 
feather, the wind. See God only in them: it is He 
that afflicts and consoles us by means of them as 
we have need. Let the water flow beneath the bridge. 
Let them be weak, vain, inconstant, unjust, false, 
and presumptuous. He sees it all more clearly than 
you do, and yet permits it. Be content to do quietly 
and gently what it becomes you to do, and let ev- 
erything else be to you as though it were not. 

— Selected 






Progress Reports 

from 
Brethren Churches 

NEWARK, OHIO 

SPECIAL Evangelistic services at the Newark Breth- 
ren Church began on Sunday evening, Novem- 
ber 17, and were held each night through Sunday, 
November 24. Rev. James Black was our evangelist, 
bringing stirring and heart-searching messages dur- 
ing each service. As a result of these efforts, two ac- 
cepted Christ as their Savior, and there were eighteen 
who rededicated themselves unto the Lord. 

Each evening was designated as a special service, 
such as Sunday School night. Ladies night, Guest 
night. Youth night, etc., with laymen of the church 
leading in the devotional part of the service. 

The Youth Choir sang each evening, bringing special 
music. 



k 



Each one who attended was spiritually uplifted. 
It had been nearly two years since our last revival. 
The delay in our building program had delayed this 
series of meetings. A "week-end revival" is being 
planned for the weekend of January 31, with ser- 
vices on Friday and Saturday evenings and two ser- 
vices on Sunday. We also hope to have special ser- 
vices during Holy Week. 

We wish to express our thanks to Brother Black 
for the fine messages, to the Brethren of the Akron 
Firestone Park Brethren Church for permitting their 
pastor to be with us for this week, and especially to 
our Lord for the blessings received through these 
services. 

Rev. Thomas A. Shannon 
Pastor 



"God's standard for missions: 
the man of God, 
with the Word of God, 
in the Spi7-it of God, 
for the glory of God." 



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Planning 
Section 



Devotional Program for March 



SENIOR 

General Theme: "Pattern for Living" 
March Theme: "Tailor Tacks" 



JUNIOR 

General Theme: "Approved Unto God" 
March Theme: "Esther" 



Call to Worship: 

Jesus said unto them, I am the 
bread of life: he that cometh to 
me shall never hunger; and he that 
believeth on me shall never thirst 
(John 6:35). 
Song Service: 

"Faith in God Can Move a 
Mighty Mountain" 

"If You Want Joy" 

"With Eternity's Values in View?" 
Scripture: I Corinthians 3:9-17 
Prayer 

Stewardship Lesson Number 5 
Chorus : 

"Jesus Is a Wonderful Saviour" 



Topic: 

Senior — Tailor Tacks 

Junior — Esther 
Hymn: 

"O Master, Let Me Walk With 

Thee" 
Bible Study: 
Business Meeting: 

Tell any of your members who 
are seniors in high school or out 
of high school to be thinking about 
attending college. There is a Sis- 
terhood scholarship available for a 
Sisterhood girl. Now is the time 
for these girls to be applying to the 
college of their choice. However, the 



Sisterhood scholarship is good only 
at Ashland College. 

It won't be long now until the 
Sisterhood year is over, so check 
up on your goals. If you haven't 
had your Public Service yet, there 
is a suggested worship service in 
the February 1 issue of The Breth- 
ren Evangelist. If you have had 
your Public Service, won't you send 
a letter to the National General 
Secretary telling about your pro- 
gram? 
Hymn: 

"Spirit of Sisterhood" 
S. M. M. Benediction 



READ THE SISTERHOOD PAGE IN THE EVANGELIST EVERY WEEK! 



TOPIC: 



TAILOR TACKS 

Mrs. Robert Keplinger 



RECENTLY I REIAD about a 
couple in Indianapolis who 
decided not to take a holiday trip 
for fear of being involved in a 
traffic accident. 

Instead they took a short ride 
in one of their two cars. Upon re- 
turning home, they found that 
their other auto, parked in front 
of their house, had been struck 
by a hit-and-run driver. The dam- 



aged car had to be towed away 
for repairs. 

During the night they heard a 
crash, and hurrying to the street, 
discovered that their remaining 
car had been hit by a reckless 
driver. The tow truck had to be 
summoned once again to haul away 
the second wrecked car. 

It is natural to want to steer 
clear of involvement even in im- 



portant problems of our swiftly 
moving lives. But sooner or later, 
we pay in one way or another for 
our attempts to remain aloof. 

To change the world for the bet- 
ter, you must go into it. Remem.- 
ber, God put you into the world 
to help transform it, not to run 
away from it. John 17:15 tells us, 
/ do not pray that you take them 
out of the world, but that you keep 



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Section 



them from the evil. So let's think 
together this month about "Tailor 
Tacks" or "Making Your Life Pit 
the World Around it." 

God puts us into the world to 
help transform it and so we must 
take an out-and-out stand for 
Christ. This does not mean we are 
snobs or have a superiority com- 
plex. At the same time we must 
guard against being like many so 
called Christians today who are 
walking so hand-in-hand with the 
world that you cannot tell the dif- 
ference between the Christian and 
the unsaved. This should never be! 

Every Sisterhood G-irl, as a Chris- 
tian, (and we pray that every Sis- 
terhood Girl has accepted Christ 
as her Savior) should stand out 
like a brilliant, sparkling diamond 
against the black velveteen of the 
jeweler's showcase. She should be 
more wholesome than anyone else. 
She should be poised, cultured, 
courteous, gracious, but firm in the 
things that she does and does not 
do. She should laugh and be ra- 
diant, but refuse to allow the world 
to pull her down to its level. 

The Bible says that Whatsoever is 
not of faith is sin (Romans 14:23) 
and the Bible again says that he 
that doubteth is condemned if he 
does it. In other words, we are 
never to do anything of which we 
are not perfectly clear and certain. 
If you have a doubt about a par- 
ticular thing that is bothering you, 
as to whether it is worldly or not, 
the best policy is "don't do it." 

Be particularly careful, too, to 
check whether your idea on any 
subject is fully in accord with 
"God's idea." When H. G. Wells 
saw an unusually large stuffed 
bird in the living room of a friend, 
Henry James, he was perplexed and 
intrigued. 

"My dear James," he asked, 
'what is that?" 

"That," James informed him, "is 
a stork." 

"Humph," Wells snorted, "it's not 
my idea of a stork." 

"Apparently, however," James re- 
marked, "it is God's idea of one." 

It is a human tendency to as- 
sume that because one thinks 
something is right, that makes it 



so. 

Conclusions drawn from sketchy 
information, rather than from 
complete facts, often lead to faulty 
or even dangerous reasoning. 

In everything you think, say or 
do, make sure you get all the facts. 
Base your judgments on reality, 
not imagination. 

It will not only help in all your 
human relationships, but also keep 
you ever in tune with "God's Will." 

"How much better to acquire wis- 
dom than gold! To acquire under- 
standing is more desirable than 
silver" (Proverbs 16:16). 

We must be careful, too, to look 
for the best in the people around 
us. The girl who loses friends is 
in this group : 

1. The girl who is always expect- 
ing the worst to happen and 
can point out flaws in any plan. 

2. The girl who is a born organ- 
izer, and complicates the simp- 
lest plan by insisting on run- 
ning it according to a schedule 
— 'Planned by her, of course. 

3. The girl who can't make up 
her mind — even when she is 
doing nothing more momentous 
than trying to decide whether 
to wear the red or green sweat- 
er. 

4. The girl who is so intent on 
impressing you, she doesn't 
even get your name straight. 

5. The girl who cultivates a bored 
look in the belief that it makes 
her look sophisticated. 

6. The girl who is forever apolo- 
gizing. 

7. The girl who thinks there is 
only one way of doing things 
— her way. 

8. The girl who thinks she is just 
a little bit better than most 
people. 

9. The girl who rushes from one 
thing to another so fast she 
is always more concerned with 
what is going to happen next 
than what is happening at the 
moment. 

How do YOU score? Let's make 
sure none of these "Tailor Tacks" 
remain in our lives! 

Now let's look on the positive 
side. You will always have good 
friends if : 



1. You don't resent your friends 
having other friends they are 
as fond of as they are of you. 

2. You accept your friends' faults 
along with their good qualities 
— and mention only the latter 
when talking about them to 
others. 

3. You never betray a friend's 
confidence — even when you are 
not asked to keep a bit of in- 
formation to yourself, but when 
common sense tells you it 
shouldn't be passed along. 

4. You usually leave your friends 
feeling more pleased with them- 
selves than before they saw 
you. 

5. You aren't always looking for 
slights or taking offense when 
no offense was intended. 

6. You don't drop old friends when 
you make new ones. 

7. You are as ready to graciously 
accept a favor from a friend 
as you are willing to do a favor. 

8. You don't use friendships as 
stepping-stones to get wherever 
you want to go. 

How do YOU measure up? Are 
these "Tailor Tacks" a part of your 
daily living? 

When you became a Christian 
you walked through a door to a 
new life in Christ. Don't stop now: 
keep walking! When you stop row- 
ing a boat you begin drifting. When 
you cease to work at this Job of 
being a Christian you immediately 
begin to lose ground. Keep your 
heart clean before God through 
prayer, study and work. Watch out 
for grudges and hard feelings. 
Work hard at being the kind of 
friend to those around you that 
Christ would have you be. Be hon- 
est with God — all the way! Don't 
compromise your convictions. If, 
through an unguarded moment, 
something of the world slips in 
between you and the Savior, take 
care of the matter at once. Don't 
drift! 

God wants your life to be filled 
with power and radiance. Why set- 
tle for less? 

Let's make this thought a prayer 
in our lives — "Help me to leave 
this world better than I found it, 
O Lord." 



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Planning 
Section 

TOPIC: 



ESTHER 

Mrs. Vernon Grisso 



REMEMBER Cinderella, Girls? 
Remember how thrilled you 
were that the little, misused, kit- 
chen-maid could become a princess 
and be loved by a handsome 
prince? Did you know that there 
was a Cinderella in the Bible? 

Esther, our Jewish Cinderella, 
was an orphan girl who lived with 
her cousin, Mordecai. This was 
many years ago, long before the 
birth of Christ. Mordecai lived in 
Persia, a country that had once 
conquered the Jewish nation and 
taken the Jews back to Persia as 
captives. The Jews were not exactly 
slaves but were looked down upon 
as an inferior race. Mordecai was 
seemingly of no importance, but 
sat at the gate of the city and 
watched his people being perse- 
cuted by the Persians. 

The king of the country was 
looking for a new queen, so he 
commanded that all the beautiful 
girls of the kingdom should be 
brought to the palace. There they 
were to live a year, learning the 
ways of the palace, and then he 
would choose a queen from among 
them. 

Now Mordecai knew that his 
little orphan cousin was as beauti- 
ful as any girl in the kingdom. 
So he arranged that she should 
be among those to appear before 
the king. He warned Esther that 
she should not tell the king that 
she was a Jewess because the king 
would never accept a foreign girl 
for his queen. Just like in a fairy 
tale, Esther was the one most loved 
by the king, and he had her 



crowned Queen Esther. Through the 
cunning watchfulness of her uncle 
who sat at the gate, she was able 
to warn the king of danger to his 
life. The king followed her advice 
and thus she won his special love 
and respect. 

And so they lived happily ever 
after? Well, not quite. Life just 
doesn't seem to be that way, even 
in fairy tales. Now enters the vil- 
lain of the story. His name is 
Haman. He was a prince and spe- 
cial friend of the king, and he 
hated the Jews. There are people 
like Haman in the world today. 
They hate the Jews, not as indi- 
viduals, but as a race of people. 
Haman also thought that he was 
a superior person because he was 
a friend of the king, so he com- 
manded that all people should bow 
to him when he met them in the 
streets. That Jew who sat by the 
gate refused to bow. This aroused 
the anger of Haman. We know that 
this Jew was the queen's cousin, 
but Haman didn't know. He asked 
the king to pass a law that all the 
Jews should be put to death on 
the thirteenth day of the twelfth 
month. Mordecai sent word to Es- 
ther that she should try to in- 
fluence the king to change his 
mind. He said to her, "Who knows 
whether thou art come to the king- 
dom for such a time as this?" 

Esther knew that death might 
await her if she petitioned the 
king in behalf of her people, but 
she said, "I will go, and if I perish, 
I perish." She took her life in her 
hands and approached the king 
and begged that her people might 



be spared. Because of her past 
faithfulness to her king, her great 
courage, and her great beauty, the 
king was kind to her and granted 
her wish. Her people were spared 
and Haman received his just re- 
ward — death. 

It would have been an easy thing 
for Esther to say, "I don't have to 
worry about my people. I am safe 
as long as I please the king. Let 
my people look after themselves." 
It would have been much more 
simple to forget the teachings of 
her childhood and accept the pa- 
gan ways of the court. She knew 
the king might have her killed for ■ 
her deception. 

It is always more simple to take , 
the easy way, isn't it? It is easier ! 
710^ to always tell the truth, 7iot ' 
to always do the homework, not \ 
to always do the jobs at home 
you are supposed to do. But don't 
you feel better when you do the 
harder things? There's a reward — 
just knowing you've done your best. 

Here was a beautiful girl who 
put God first in her life. Now you 
are beautiful, young girls. Don't 
forget that. God has given you 
your beauty, your talents, your 
charm, to be used for Him. Maybe 
you, like Esther, are here for some 
very special service. May you al 
ways try to fulfill your purpose in 
the world. 

Today, when your Jewish friends 
celebrate the festival of Purim, 
they are commemorating the de- 
liverance and preservation of their 
people by Esther, the Jewish Cin 
derella. 



BIBLE STUDY: 



The Bible Study for the month 
of March has not been received at 
press time, therefore is not included 



in this issue of The Brethren Evan^ 
gelist. It will appear as soon as 
possible. 



IS 

It 

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Section 



Signal Lights Program for March 
Prepared by Mrs. Alberta Holsinger 



Bible Theme: "GOD LOVES US" 
Project: BOYS' DORM AT LOST CREEK 



Call to Worship: 

Let us sing our praises 

To our Savior's love. 

He died and rose again 

That we might live with Him 
above. 
Sing: 

"Jesus Is Living" 

"Jesus Lives" 

"Easter Day" 

(Songs are in Beginners Sing.) 
Bible Story: 

JESUS IS OUR SAVIOR 

Jesus and His friends were walk- 
ing through the dark. They had 
just had supper together. Jesus 
had told them that one of them 
would bring His enemies to Him. 
Judas had left. Now Jesus and 
the eleven were going to a garden 
on the side of the Mount of Olives 
where He often went to be alone. 

As they walked, Jesus said, "To- 
night all of you will leave Me." 

Peter said in a strong voice, "I 
will never leave you." 

Jesus said, "Yes, this very night, 
before the cock crows you will say 
three times you do not know Me." 

Peter was very sure that he would 
not fail Jesus. The other disciples 
said, "We will not go away from 
You. We will not deny You." 

The friends came to the garden. 
Jesus said, "Sit here while I go 
and pray. Peter, James and John, 
come with Me a little farther." 

They walked a little farther in- 
to the garden. Then Jesus said 
to them, "I am very sad. Wait 
here and watch with Me." Jesus 
went a little ways away. There He 
knelt on the ground and prayed. 
He prayed that God would help 
Him. He prayed that He might do 
as God wanted Him to do and not 
as He would like. When He came 
back to His friends, they were 
asleep. 

"Could you not watch with Me 
one hour?" He asked. "Watch and 
pray." 



Again, Jesus went away and 
prayed. Again, when He came back 
to His friends, they were asleep. 
He prayed a third time. Then He 
said, "Sleep on. Take your rest. 
The hour has come for Me to be 
given to My enemies." 

As Jesus spoke, Judas came to 
the garden with many men who 
were sent by the high priest and 
the Temple teachers. Jesus knew 
why these men had come and He 
knew all the things that would 
happen to Him in the days ahead. 
Jesus went toward the men and 
asked, "Whom are you looking for?" 

"Jesus of Nazareth," they an- 
swered. 

Jesus said, "I am He. If you want 
Me let these men go their way." 

The disciples left as they took 
Jesus away. 

Jesus was taken before the chief 
priest and before the ruler of the 
land. He was ordered to be killed. 
Jesus had told His disciples that 
He was going to die. He had said 
that no one could make Him die, 
but that He was willing to die to 
show all men how much God loved 
them. The disciples had not under- 
stood Him. 

Now Jesus was dead and they 
were very sad. 

On the first day of the week, 
three women, Mary Magdalene; 
Mary, the mother of James; and 
Salome started out very early in 
the morning. They took the path 
that led through the garden to the 
cave tomb where the body of Je- 
sus had been laid. They carried 
spices and perfumes to put on the 
body. 

They talked softly as they went 
along. Suddenly one of them asked, 
"Who shall roll away the big stone 
that is in front of the door?" 

They went near enough to see the 
cave tomb. "Look," they cried, "the 
stone is gone from the door!" 

They hurried near and looked in. 



Jesus was not there. Instead they 
saw an angel and they were afraid. 

"Do not be afraid," the angel 
said to them. "You are looking 
for Jesus. He is risen. He is not 
here. Go tell the disciples that He 
is going into Galilee. There you 
shall see Him as He told you." 

Quickly the three women ran 
to tell the disciples. "He is alive! 
Jesus is alive!" 

At first, the disciples could not 
believe the good news. Then they 
began to remember all the times 
Jesus had told them that they 
would see Him again. They went to 
Galilee. There, Jesus came and 
spoke to them. How glad they were 
to see Him! How much they loved 
Him! They were happy to hear 
His words. 

Jesus said, "Go and teach all 
people. Baptize them in the name 
of the Father, and of the Son, and 
of the Holy Spirit. Lo, I am with 
you always." 

Jesus is with us, too, wherever 
we may be. God sent Him to be 
our Savior because God loves us. 
Based on portions of 
Matthew 26-28. 
Hymn of the Month: 

CHRIST AROSE 
Low in the grave He lay — 
Jesus my Savior! 
Waiting the coming day — 
Jesus my Lord! 
Up from the grave He arose, (He 

arose!) 
With a mighty triumph o'er His 

foes; (He arose!) 
He arose a Victor from the dark 

domain. 
And He lives forever with His saints 

to reign. 
He arose! (He arose!) He arose! 

(He arose!) 
Hallelujah! Christ arose! 

Remember to have the words of 
the Hymn of the Month written 
where all the children can see 
them. Explain any unfamiliar ones 



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Program 
Planning 
Section 



to them such as: triumph, Victor, 
dark domain, reign. 

Wlien listening to the music, 
point out the difference in the time 
of the verse and the chorus. After 
singing it with the children once 
or twice, show them how the 
"echo" fits in. Now sing the hymn 
again with part of the children 
being the "echo." 

Everyone will want to be the 
"echo" so sing it until everyone 
has had a turn. 
Poem: (to be read by a Signal 

Light) 

EASTER 
Easter time has come again 

Happy children know — 
Lilies open satin cups 

As the south winds blow. 

Butterflies are searching for 

Golden daffodils, 
Birds are singing in tune with 

Rippling, gurgling rills. 

"Christ is risen! Christ is risen!" 

Bells are ringing clear; 
Every heart is full of joy — 

Easter time is here! 
Mission Time: 



A DAY AT LOST CREEK 

Did you ever wonder how you 
would spend your day if you went 
to Riverside Christian Training 
School? Here's the schedule they 
follow: 

Time to get up — 6 A. M. 

Breakfast and Devotions — 6:30 
A.M. 

Chapel — 8 A.M. 

Classes Begin — 8:20 A.M. 

Lunch— 11 A.M. 

Classes again — 12:50 P.M. 

School's out^3:20 P.M. 

Study time and Devotions — 6:30 
P.M. 

Bedtime — 9 P.M. 

Is this about like your day at 
home and school? I expect it is. 
Boys and girls like you live and 
study, work and play at Riverside 
Christian Training School at Lost 
Creek, Kentucky. There, they are 
learning to be good citizens and 
good Christians. 

We will help the children there 
by bringing our doing-without- 
money to help build a new Boys' 
Dorm. 
Friendship Circle of Prayer: 

Let us thank God for Jesus our 



Savior. 

Let us ask Him to help us tell 
others about Jesus. 
Business: 

1. Offering and roll call. 

2. Secretary's report. 

3. Check Bible Reading. 

4. A birthday to remember: 

Barbara Bischof will be 
eight years old on April 22. 
Handwork : 

EASTER CROSS BOOK MARK 
(Each child will need construction 
paper, scissors, colored pencils, a 
pattern of a cross about four by 
six inches.) 

Today, we are going to make book 
marks for our Bibles. Trace around 
your pattern on your colored paper. 
Cut it out. 

With your colored pencil, down 
the long way, print: JBSUS DIED 
FOR US. Across the other way, 
print: JESUS LIVES. The last "S" 
of Jesus should be the same both 
directions. 

Make as many book marks as you 
have time to do. The extra ones 
you may give to your family and 
friends. 
Signal Lights Benediction. 



Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 



C. Y. Gilmer 



MAKY AND MARTHA 

Into the home at Bethany 

The Master came one day; 
And Martha planned to feed Him well, 

The Holy Scriptures say. 
But Mary loved to hear His words, 

And quite forgot the meal; 
And each to Christ did on that day 

Her inmost self reveal. 

Now Martha was provoked to see 

Her sister's unconcern; 
Some other day could Mary sit 

And from the Master learn! 
So Martha made a bold complaint. 

But Jesus calmly said. 



"One thing alone we really need" — 
It was the living Bread. 

If Christ should come into our homes 

And visit us today. 
Would we be all upset with cares. 

And act the Martha way? 
Or would we stop to hear His words 

That life He might impart? 
'Tis good to have Him in the home. 
But better in the heart. 

— Frank L. Cross 
fARTHA, WITH WHOM RESIDED A SISTER, 
. MARY, and a brother, Lazarus, seems to have 
been the head of the Bethany household (Lu. 10:38). 
While Martha strove for practical perfection around 
her house, Mary sat in deep humility at Jesus' feet, 
drinking in His every word (v. 39) . The busy, anxious 
Martha at the inactivity of Mary, complained im- 
patiently to Jesus for Mary's assistance (v. 40) . The 
reply of Jesus to Martha's entreaty teaches us all 
to be more interested in food for the soul than for 
the body (v. 41) . 

In another scene, it was to Martha that Jesus first 
declared Himself to be "the resurrection, and the 
life" (Jn. 11:25, 26). In her response, Martha showed 
great discernment in that she made one of the most 



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magnificent confessions of faith in the New Testa- 
ment (v. 27). In the account of Lazarus being dead, 
Martha went outside the village to meet the ap- 
proaching Saviour, while Mary remained behind sit- 
ting in the house (v. 20) . Upon meeting Jesus, both 
sisters spoke exactly the same words (vs. 21, 32) . 
Jesus shared their grief (v. 35) . That day the be- 
reaved saw "the glory of God" (v. 40) . That day 
Martha saw the fulfillment of her assertion, What- 
ever thou wilt ask of God, God wilt give it thee (vs. 
22, 41-44). 

A third scene in which Martha and Mary were to- 
gether prominent was at the last feast in Bethany, 
six days before the Passover (Jn. 12:2). While Martha 
was showing her gratitude to Jesus by serving, Mary 
was impelled to express her adoration by anointing 
jjesus with a precious perfume (v. 3; 11:2). Accord- 
ing to Mark 14:5, the ointment was worth about 
sixty dollars at that time. Judas, who criticized Mary 
for such wastefulness, later sold Jesus for twenty 
dollars to set in motion the Crucifixion (Jn. 12:5, 6; 
Matt. 26:14, 15). Then comes what has been called 
the loneliest sentence in literature with the implica- 
tion that some of the ointment was left to be used 
in the preparation of the body of Jesus for burial 
(Jn. 12:7). In pouring out her devotion to Jesus while 
He yet lived, Mary filled the world down the ages 
with the fragrance of her broken alabaster box (Mk. 
14:8, 9). 



Sunday School 

Lesson Comments 

Cari H. Phillips 

Topics copyrighted by the International Coun<;il 
of Religious Education. Used by permission. 



Lesson for February 23, 1964 

SIMON AND THE REPENTANT WOMAN 

Text: Lulie 7:36-50 

XN THIS IlSfCIDENT, we get to see a vivid contrast 
*■ between two types of people. God lets us take a 
jood look at two human beings in the raw, just as 
He sees them. The Bible lets us know that no one 
fools God in the least about righteousness. 
Simon : 

Simon was a typical hypocrite among the Pharisees. 
He was aloof in his attitude toward people in gen- 
eral. His was a cold, barbed-wire religion. His in- 
vfitation was given to Jesus to establish what he al- 
eady was sure of, that Jesus was not a prophet. He 
was critical of everyone but himself. He treated bad 
folks as literally untouchable. His plan of saving 
wretched sinners, if he had one, was entirely lacking 
in love and grace. Even though he saw tears of grief 
md actions revealing love, humility and repentance, 
le was not in the least touched to the heart by them. 

Because Jesus was not a Pharisee, Simon showed 
aim little common courtesy. He brought no water 
GO wash His feet, he gave Him no kiss of welcome 
lor oil to put on His head to refresh and honor the 
;uest. Though he spoke not one word of ridicule 



in Jesus' presence, the sounds of his thoughts were 
amplified in the ears of Jesus. 
The Woman: 

This woman was willing to suffer the greatest hu- 
miliation just to be forgiven of sin and to be a child 
of God. It was a shameful thing for women to let 
down their hair in pubUc in the fashion that this 
woman did. Apparently lacking a cloth to wipe His 
feet, she used her hair to do so. It would have taken 
even a great deal more of courage to enter the house 
of this Pharisee, to face their stares and ridicule. 
She approached the couch-like affair on which Jesus 
was reclining at the table and stood at His feet. Tears 
of repentance and compassion ran down her cheeks 
and fell upon the feet of Jesus. Wiping His feet dry, 
she anointed them with precious perfume. She offered 
Him, not a kiss of a friend upon the neck, but the 
kiss of a servant upon the feet. Such daring faith 
and love always wins the forgiveness and grace of 
God. 

Jesus gave the Pharisee a parable to think about. 
It says that all men stand before God as debtors. 
As they are willing to receive and to show forgive- 
ness to all others, even so is God willing to show them 
forgiveness. 



Spiritual Meditations 

Dyoli Belote 



IN HEAVEN AT 10:30 

And if I go and prepare a place for you I will come 
again and receive you unto myself, that where I am 
ye may be also. John 14:3. 

THE STORY IS TOLD of a minister who was con- 
ducting a revival at a point far from home, 
when he received a telegram from his sister, which 
read: "Daddy with Christ, 10:30 A.M., Thursday." 
The beloved parent had left them for his heavenly 
home, but there was no expression of regret or 
doubt, no "hope he has gone Home," "we believe he 
is at home with the Lord," only the assurance of a 
conviction of victory. There was no expression of a 
doubt about it, the father had died, he was a Chris- 
tian, and interpreting the Scripture literally, the be- 
loved father was with the beloved Savior. 

This beautiful story from real life brings to mind 
features of the Christian belief in the immortality 
of the soul. It simply stresses the faith that those who 
live in Christ never really die, but live on after this 
mortal existence. And, in addition to the assurance 
of our text, we have this other promise from the 
Savior's own lips: Whosoever liveth and believeth in 
me shall never die. And if I go and prepare a place 
for you, I will come again and receive you unto my- 
self, that where I am ye may he also. We do not go 
to some strange, unfamiliar place, where we will 
know none and are known by none, but we go where 
Christ is, and that will be where we are known as 
we are known, where Christ is, and we shall be sat- 
isfied. Oh, glorious promise, oh, wondrous prospect! 



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AGENTS OF LOVE 

by Violet Pfaitzgraff 



..tS?^: 







The Waka Church 



ONCE A YEAR the Nigerian missionaries meet to 
discuss programs and make plans for the follow- 
ing year. We meet at Waka since that is the only 
place that is large enough to take care of the entire 
mission staff. Soon after the children left for Hill- 
crest School, we made preparations to leave home and 
spend a few days in fellowship with our co-workers. 
Through dust and harmattan, in cars, trucks, and 
jeeps we traveled from our various stations looking 
forward to meeting with our fellow missionaries, some 
of whom we had not seen since the last annual meet- 
ing. 

This year's meeting proved to be full of inspiration. 
The theme that we used in our meeting was that of 
the home church: to heal the broken. Robert Bischof 
our mission chairman, opened the meetings directing 
our thoughts to the goal of our mission: evangelism. 
And this thought came up again and again in our 
discussions and in the messages which followed it. 

We had an unusual treat at this annual meeting. 
The morning worship hour was in the hands of Nvwa, 



the pastor of the Waka Church. Nvwa received his| 
training in our mission schools and in the Theologicali 
College of Northern Nigeria. Now he has returned^ 
to us to be pastor to other young men and women; 
who are still in our school. Ton van den Doel led' 
us in our Bible study hour and the evening messagesi 
were brought to us by various fellow workers. The 
Sunday message which closed our meetings was given 
to us by Dr. Chalmer Faw who has come from his 
study program in Germany to visit the mission. All 
these men directed our thoughts to the brokenness 
of men and the reconciliation that we have through 
Christ. 

It was called to our attention that too often when 
we think of healing the broken we think of others 
when perhaps it is we, ourselves, who are in need 
of healing. Looking at ourselves we marvelled thai 
He even dared to call us who are so human. We wert 
not left in our brokenness for we were reminded thai 
reconciliation is ours through Christ. We were mad( 
to look at the disciples whom Christ called to Himsel: 



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iwhile He was on the earth — how human they were. 
lYet they turned the world upside down in following 
Him. 

We are here in Nigeria because He called us here. 
We are not here to reconcile men to God for He has 
already reconciled men unto Himself through Christ. 
We are only agents of His love. Having been recon- 
ciled to God it is our privilege and obligation to 
draw all men unto Him. The strength of our witness 
is not in numbers but in the clarity of our witness. 
In witnessing for Christ in a culture different from 
our own, we cannot afford a garbled message. We 
must know the truth. We cannot carry tradition 
and prejudices with us. We have been called here to 
prepare Nigeria for the reception of Christianity. The 
actual converting of souls is in His hands. 

Most of our time was spent in business sessions. 
The biggest thing that we have had to face was a 
reduced budget. Each of us sees the great need that 
is in his own field of service. We are also concerned 
about the great need which exists in the other 
branches of mission work. So, together, we tried to see 
how the present program can go on with less money. 
All of us are already working with less money than 
we need. 

We all agreed that the goal of our mission is evan- 
gelism. And whatever did not contribute to that goal 
must be cut off. After discussing all the avenues of 
work, we could not see any services that we were 
already engaged in that did not lead men to Christ. 
All of us agreed that the most important work to be 
done must be done at the grass roots of this society. 
We must work with the common man where he is now. 

Having considered all of our mission institutions, 
we feel that what we need most is the training of 
men in Christian leadership. We need to help the 
Nigerian layman see his task in drawing all men un- 
to Him. One of our biggest tools is literature. We 
feel that if we can teach men to read and then place 
Christian literature in his hands, we can count on 
the average Nigerian to work with us in our goal as 
agents of His love. Although we all agree on our goal, 
our problem was still with us — how to work with a 
reduced budget. 

On Monday, before our meeting was closed and be- 
fore we all went back to our various stations, Robert 
Bischof passed the gavel on to John Grimley, the 
chairman of our mission for the coming year. 



From Bea at Mbororo . . . 

TN A RECENT LETTER from Bea Bischof, she wrote 
■'- she was looking forward to the Women's Gundama 
among the Higi people to take place January 16 
through the 19 at Brishishiwa. A Gundama is a Bible 
conference or spiritual life retreat to help the wo- 
men grow in wisdom and knowledge of God. Grass 
shelters were to be provided for all the women and 
native food is enjoyed by everyone in attendance. 
Each person was to take four bowls of ground guinea 
corn flour, a dish, a spoon, and a sleeping mat. The 
Brishishiwa women then would furnish the greens, 
cooking pots, firewood, meat, and a sleeping place. 



Last year the Moda Church was host to the group, 
but the gathering only lasted one day; therefore, Bea 
was uncertain how many might be in attendance at 
this longer conference. They planned to have three 
Bible classes each day, plus evening preaching ser- 
vices and discussions of the women's work. Remem- 
ber these women in your prayers as they faithfully 
remember us at all their meetings. 



WHAT IS 
THE REVOLVING FUND? 




npHE BRETHREN HOME Mission Revolving 
1 Fund is a fund that has been set up by 
the Missionary Board to make money available 
as loans to needy church congregations and 
groups in the establishment of new church con- 
gregations. Money placed in the Fund is loaned 
to qualifying churches and groups to aid them 
in their progress. They, in turn, pay the money 
back to the Fund and it is loaned out to another 
church and the process begins all over again. 
Thus we call it the Revolving Fund. All who con- 
tribute to this Fund can be assured that their 
money is continually being put to work in the 
building of new churches and aiding in the 
expansion of others. There are many churches 
just beginning who are faced with the problem 
of raising money for a first unit. Many times 
this becomes discouraging to a small group of 
members. Because they may be meeting in a 
home, garage or school building, new people 
often hesitate to attend. This is where the Re- 
volving Fund can greatly help by providing 
funds for the first unit of the church. As more 
people are attracted to the new church, then the 
loan is paid back to the Fund where it is ready 
to help another group. 

The Revolving Fund has aided many of our 
new churches and will continue to do so as more 
funds are available. Right now an increase in 
our Fund is needed to meet the demands of our 
new churches being established. The Missionary 
Board will pay up to 4 per cent interest on loans 
which are placed by you into this Fund. If you 
are interested, please contact the Missionary 
Board and receive more information concerning 
the Revolving Fund. 



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BIISJEL 



Outto(vfc/ 



VISION AND PRAYER 



Righteousness exalteth a nation; but sin is a re- 
proach to any people (Proverbs 14:34). 

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but 
he that keepeth the law, happy is he (Proverbs 29:18). 

WE, who have watched the struggles of a few 
farseeing men to make a strong United Na- 
tions, are sometimes heartsick at the slow progress that 
is made. But we can be encouraged when we remem- 
ber that our own thirteen colonies went through the 
same difficulties in making themselves a united na- 
tions. The colonies had been settled by men of dif- 
ferent backgrounds, racial and religious. There were 
the Pilgrims and Puritans of New England; the 
Quakers of Pennsylvania, mostly of middle-class so- 
cial status; the wealthy Dutch patroons of New York; 
the Catholics of Maryland; the Huguenots of Georgia; 
the cavaliers of Virginia and the Carolinas. Each 
colony had its own form of government, its own cur- 
rency, its own social customs. 

But these different men fought together for a com- 
mon cause — their independence from England. But 
there were thinking men who saw beyond the end 
of the Revolution, beyond the independence of the 
colonies. They saw a nation united under God. 

Perhaps one of the most criticized, maligned, and 
libeled men of his time was George Washington him- 
self. Failing in other ways, some of his enemies dur- 
ing his life and since his death, have tried to de- 
tract from his reputation by accusing him of being 
irreligious. 

Dr. W. Herbert Burk, founder and first rector of the 
Washington Memorial Chapel at Valley Forge, de- 
voted a great deal of time and expense traveling 
about the country and collecting books just to dispel 
this myth. He wrote a book about Washington's re- 
ligious life, and collected many of the prayers which 
Washington left in his own handwriting. On the Lit- 
any Desk at the Chapel, a commemoration of Wash- 
ington's prayers for the nation, there is a brass rep- 
lica of a page from Washington's diary for the day 
of June 1, 1774, which was a day of prayer for peace 
between England and the colonies. It reads: "June 
1st, went to church and fasted all day." In the win- 
dows of the chapel porch, we find Washington's val- 
edictory prayer for the American people: "I com- 
mend the interest of our dearest country to the pro- 
tection of Almighty God and those who have the 
superintendence of them to His holy keeping." On the 



altar is a framed, illuminated copy on vellum of Wash- 
ington's Prayer for the Nation. 

"Almighty God, we make our earnest prayer that 
thou wilt keep the United States in thy holy protec- 
tion; that thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens 
to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience 
to government; and entertain a brotherly affection 
and love for one another and for their fellow citi- 
zens of the United States at large. And, finally, that 
thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us 
all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean our- 
selves with that charity, humility and pacific temper 
of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine 
Author of our blessed religion, and without a humble 
imitation of whose example in these things we can 
never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplica- 
tion, we beseech thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Amen." 

With a leader of such vision, it is not surprising 
that the thirteen colonies rode triumphantly through 
the storms that beset them during the early years, 
and increased in size and influence. 

The second great leader through a national crisis, 
Abraham Lincoln, had to face the same charges — 
that he was a member of no church, and therefore 
irreligious. Lincoln grew up in a pioneer settlement 
where there was no regular preaching service and 
where the circuit rider came perhaps two or three 
times a year to hold a meeting. A story is told of how 
the small Abe waited for the circuit rider to come 
by and stopped him and urged him to come with him 
to the clearing back of the little log home and say 
a few words over the grave of his mother who had 
died in the winter. During his stay in New Salem, 
he came under the teaching spell of Stephen Cart- 
wright, the fiery Methodist evangelist who later be- 
came Lincoln's political opponent. Lincoln refused 
to be carried away emotionally by Cartwright and 
similar evangelists, but he was by no means irreligious. 
One has only to read his speeches to feel the deep 
and sincere religious convictions that he had. A room 
in the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Wash- 
ington is set aside as a Lincoln memorial room be- 
cause it was there that he often came, during prayer 
meeting time, and sat alone, pouring out his troubled 
soul to God. 

These men had vision, and could not only see ahead 
to the uniting of the states of this great country, 
but saw the nation as a Christian nation under God. 



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February 15, 1964 



Despite much evidence to the contrary, we are a 
Christian nation. In no other country in the world 
do people exercise the right to attend the place of 
i worship of their choice as do we in this country. Also, 
a man may run for office, and a citizen may vote, 
regardless of his religious beliefs. 

Washington was not content merely to dream. He 
worked and prayed. He wrote a great many prayers. 
How many of us have ever written an original prayer 
unless it was in preparation for a special meeting? 

lliere is a quaint and beautiful expression coming 
into favor when someone gives a friend an article of 
wearing apparel: "Wear it in good health." In a 
sense, that is a prayer of dedication for that gift. 
Why don't we privately, without ever telling any 
one, write a prayer of dedication for the new washing 



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machine, or the typewriter we have bought for our 
son in college, or the new golf clubs we are giving 
our husband? 

Children who come out of homes where every com- 
mon task is a holy one, and every implement is dedi- 
cated to holy use, and God's presence is felt con- 
stantly, will not turn against that way of life when 
they grow up. A nation is made up of individuals and 
it can be only as Christian as its individual members 
are Christian. The United States is taking a tremen- 
dously influential place in the world of today, and will 
be even more powerful in the world of tomorrow. 
Whether it remains a Christian nation depends upon 
us mothers, and teachers, church-school workers, and 
leaders of young people. Let us go forward in con- 
fidence, with vision and in prayer. (Adapted.) 



A HOLY LAND CHRISTMAS 
AS WE SAW IT 

PART II 

Rev. Delbert B. Flora 



ON TUESDAY, the day before Christmas, we left 
Jerusalem about 10:00 a.m. with several other 
people of the school. The destination was Bethlehem, 
and the purpose was to see the Latin Patriarch from 
Jerusalem enter the city, and to participate in some 
of the Christmas Eve celebrations. Soon after 12 noon, 
we were stationed in Bethlehem Square, in front of 
the Church of the Nativity, where the Patriarch 
would leave his car to enter the Latin church which 
is beside the Church of Nativity. We had been pre- 
pared to expect great crowds of people, so we were 
not surprised at the great numbers. But the atmos- 
phere of festivity was a little more than we had been 
prepared for, although we should have known. I am 
not speaking sacrilegiously when I describe it as 
somewhat like a really lively county fair. There were 
peddlers everywhere, insisting that you buy their 
wares with that type of insistence which is character- 
istic of these parts, standing right in your path so 
that you cannot move or see. Two long lines of Arab 
Legionnaires stretched out from the front of the 
Church of Nativity in a v-shaped formation to re- 
ceive the Patriarch's procession. They were fully 
decked out in their best uniforms, including flowing 
red headdresses, rifles, bayonets and ammunition. 
Armed police passed continuously through the crowds. 
Bands played and marched. The roofs were crowded 
with onlookers. Choir boys and priests marched out 
in a double line to receive the man from Jerusalem, 
many in beautiful costumes. Photographers of all 
kinds and descriptions, professional and amateur, 
jockeyed for position and not always courteously, 



either. Finally, we heard air bombs in the distance 
which signified that the Patriarch's entourage had 
reached the city limits where the mayors of Jerusa- 
lem and Bethlehem with more bands were to meet 
him. Soon horsemen came through the crowds at 
a rapid clip and also lined up with the other recep- 
tion committees. Then came the cars with motor- 
cycle policemen roaring in escort. The great man got 
out of his car and began to approach slowly, allowing 
the cameras to buzz, snap, click and flash. Finally, 
in colorful array, he entered the Latin Church of 
St. Catherine. 

We walked around for a while, went into the Church 
of Nativity which is built over the place where it is 
supposed Jesus was born, and then walked out to 
the east of the city, down over the hill and into the 
valley toward what is called Shepherd Field, about 
a mile and a half away. In a nice grove of pine trees 
there is an old natural cave, which, it said, has been 
used by shepherds for a long time, and which may 
be the one, or similar to one, which the shepherds 
were using on the night when Jesus was born. It is 
on YMCA property and has been fenced in and 
cleaned out. A nice concrete platform has been made 
before it and electric lights have been strung around. 
Here, an old-fashioned parlor organ was set, a choir 
of blind girls stood near it, and a blind lady played it. 
The program was one of Bible readings taken from 
the story of the birth of Christ and of familiar carols, 
all printed in both English and Arabic. A large crowd 
of people gathered around the cave and choir. We 
were standing so that we could look right down on 



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the lady who played the organ, and she was sitting 
so that she faced directly toward us. A microphone 
picked up the organ and choir and thus helped the 
people to sing together in the two languages. During 
the readings and prayers, the people always quieted 
down, and near by, among the trees, could be heard 
some sheep which were being kept there overnight. 
When the service was finally completed, night had 
fallen and a cold wind had blown up. We were very 
tired and so did not stay to try to push our way 
through the crowded Church of Nativity at midnight, 
but returned to Jerusalem. 

The day before Christmas had been beautifully 
bright and pleasant, although a gabardine topcoat 
felt comfortable. Christmas day was the same with the 
temperature running near the sixty mark. We went 
inside the old city to attend services in English 
at the German Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 
near the Church of the Sepulchre. Dr. Umhau C. 
Wolf, a Lutheran pastor from Toledo, Ohio, was in 
charge of the Christmas Day program at 11:00 a.m. 
and presented a meditation as well. The suks or 
bazaar streets were crowded with people going to 
the churches and with Moslems who were observing 
their Islamic renaissance day. It was necessary to 



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actually shoulder one's way through the press of 
people. The church was filled to its seating capacity 
with mostly Americans and Europeans. Dr. Wolf re- 
marked that Christ is now active in our flesh or 
He is not active at all, and if not. He remains just 
a theologian's problem. Perhaps I would not agree 
one hundred per cent with all the implications of 
what he said, but in practical manifestation of Chris- 
tianity, his statement can be rather well defended. 
After church, we went back to the school for a big 
turkey dinner, with glowing candles on the tables 
and a bright Christmas tree in one corner. 

For the evening of Christmas day, we were invited 
to Mennonite House where the Mennonite workers in 
the Jerusalem and Jericho areas were gathered for 
a coffee session with Dr. and Mrs. Carl Henry as 
guests. It was not long until Dr. Henry had the whole 
group involved in discussion. He is on leave for some 
time from his office as editor of Christianity Today 
to prevent a nervous breakdown, but he seems to be 
taking a "postman's holiday." The fellowship of this 
group was most welcome and refreshing, as well as 
spiritually satisfying. 

(To be continued) 




Shirley Donnelly on January 24; 
interment was made in the Hig.H- 
lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill. 



PITTSBURGH, PENNA. RCV. W. S. 

Crick reports that the church ex- 
tended him a call to continue as 
pastor for another year beginning 
April 1; this call was accepted. He 
will thus begin his sixth year in 
this pastorate. He served this 
church for five years previously to 
this pastorate. 

WAYNESBORO, PA. (WAYNE HEIGHTS) . 

Rev. Marlin McCann reports the 
reception of fourteen new mem- 
bers by baptism. Thirteen of these 
came forward during the evangel- 
istic services with Dr. Joseph R. 
Shultz. 

DAYTON, OHIO. Chaplain and Mrs. 
E. J. Beekley and son, Phillip, were 
recently received into membership 
of the Dayton church, according to 
Rev. Clayton Berkshire, pastor. The 
Beekleys are living near Dayton. 

GRATIS, OHIO. The Brethren 
Church will have charge of the TV 
Program, "Church by the Side of 



the Road," on Sunday, March 15, 
over station WLW-T; the time is 
from 8:30-9 o'clock in the morning. 

MEXICO, INDIANA. TWO young ladies 
were recently received into mem- 
bership of the church by baptism. 

NAPPANEE, INDIANA. Rev. William 
Anderson reports a Week-end Bible 
Conference which was conducted 
on February 7, 8 and 9, with Pro- 
fessor Bruce C. Stark of the Ash- 
land Theological Seminary, as the 
lecturer. 



COMING EVENTS 

PLEASANT HILL, OHIO. Revlval sei- 
vices — March 8-15. Rev. Glenn 
Grumbling, evangelist. Rev. Carl 
Barber, pastor. 

SOUTH BEND, IND. (ARDMORE) . Evan- 

gelistic services — March 3-13. Rev. 
Samuel Byler, evangelist. Rev. C. 
Wm. Cole, pastor. 



Weddings 



Memorials 



DUNCAN. Dr. Harry A. Duncan, 
age 86, passed away on January 
22, 1964. He was the son of the 
late Rev. Arthur B. Duncan, the 
organizer of the Oak Hill Church. 
Dr. Duncan was a charter member 
of the Oak Hill Church. 

Services were conducted by Rev. 



BASAULDO-HURD. Mr. Michael 
Hurd and Miss Corina Basauldo 
were united in marriage on De- 
cember 21, 1963, in the Ardmore 
Brethren Church, South Bend, In- 
diana. Rev. C. William Cole of- 
ficiated. 

Michael is a pre-seminary stu- 
dent at Ashland College and is a 
member of the Ardmore Brethren 
Church. Corina, whose home is 
Argentina, was given in marriage 
by Rev. Kenneth Solomon. Corina 
had been staying with the Solomons 
for the past four years. 

The couple resides in Ashland, 
Ohio. 



February 15, 1964 

DONALDSON-LOECK. A beauti- 
ful double ring, candle light service 
was held in the Mexico Brethren 
church on December 28, 1963, at 
which time Miss Lana Sue Donald- 
son became the bride of Mr. Heinz 
H. Loeck. Rev. Floyd Sibert per- 
formed the ceremony. 

The couple left for West Germany 
on the first of February where they 



plan to make their home. Mrs. 
Loeck was an active worker in the 
Mexico church. 

PASTOR WANTED 

The Roanoke, Indiana, First 
Brethren Church will be in need 
of a pastor after June 1, 1964. In- 
terested persons please contact: 
Miss Jane Zent 
Roanoke, Indiana 



World Religious News 



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eview 



0R. KING, TIME'S 

"1963 MAN OF THE YEAR" 

NEW YORK (EP) — Dr. Martin Lu- 
ther King, Jr., of Atlanta, Ga., 
noted Baptist Negro minister and 
integration leader, was named 
"Man of the Year" for 1963 by the 
editors of Time, weekly news- 
magazine here. 

He is the first Negro to be cho- 
sen since time began its "Man 
of the Year" designation in 1927. 
President of the Southern Christian 
Leadership Conference, Dr. King 
is co-pastor with his father of 
Bbenezer Baptist Church in At- 
lanta. 

Tim.e cited Dr. King as the "sym- 
bol" of the "Negro revolution" in 
1963. 

CIVIL, MARRIAGE BAN ENDS 
IN MARYLAND 

ANNAPOLIS, MD. (EP) — With the 

new year, Maryland became the 
last of the 50 states to authorize 
civil marriages by circuit court 
clerks. 

Legislation passed last year by 
the state legislature replaced a 
Colonial law which held that only 
clergymen could perform marriages 
in Maryland. 

Supported by Protestant, Roman 
Catholic and Jewish leaders, the 
new law was designed to end what 
many regarded as the "hypocrisy" 
involved when non-believers were 
forced to go through a wedding 
ceremony performed by a clergy- 
man. 

It allows divorced persons unable 
to re-marry in a religious ceremony 



to be united by a designated civil 
servant for a $10 fee. The law also 
was intended to discourage persons 
professing to be "ministers" from 
soliciting "wedding business." 

STATE WARNS DEFIANT BOARD 
TO HALT SCHOOL PRAYERS 

NORTH BROOKFIELD, MASS. (EP) — 

Continued defiance of the U. S. Su- 
preme Court ban on public school 
prayer and Bible reading here has 
drawn a warning from the state's 
attorney general that local school 
officials have embarked on a "dras- 
tic course." 

The attorney general, Edward W. 
Brooke, said in a 10-page letter to 
the community's school committee 
that persistent refusal to comply 
with the ban on school devotional 
acts could result in legal action. 

This town of 3,400 persons in the 
Berkshire Hills is the only one of 
Massachusetts' 351 communities 
which has directed its public 
schools to open each day with 
prayer and passages from the Bible. 

In defying the U. S. Supreme 
Court decision and state education 
officials, the town's school com- 
mittee believes that it is teaching 
"democracy" to its students. 

"OVERWHELMING PUBLIC 
OPINION" SOUGHT IN 
"PRAYER" CASE 

DOVER, N. H. (ep) — Acting on a pe- 
tition from hundreds of residents 
of this area demanding restoration 
of religious exercises in public 
schools, U. S. Sen. Norris Cotton 
(Rep.; N. H.) has called for "over- 



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Whelming public opinion" against 
the U. S. Supreme Court prayer 
and Bible reading decision and 
questioned the thinking of some 
clergymen on the issue. 

In a letter to the petitioners. 
Sen. Cotton said constantly ex- 
pressed public opinion through the 
press, in churches and in letters 
and petitions both to Congress and 
the Supreme Court "would, I think, 
in the long run, bring about a new 
and different climate." 

"The thing that disturbs me," 
Sen. Cotton added, "is that min- 
isters and clergymen of many de- 
nominations are sanctioning this 
decision, insisting it is a sound one. 
This I cannot understand." 

He questioned the wisdom of 
seeking a Constitutional amend- 
ment to correct the situation, de- 
claring: "The Court having dis- 
torted the Constitution, it is diffi- 
cult to know how the damage can 
be remedied without incurring 
even more serious dangers." 



RISLEY RESIGNS NSSA POST 

BUFFALO, N. Y. (EP) — The 18th An- 
nual National Sunday School Con- 
vention here came to a close on 
October 4 with the unexpected an- 
nouncement by President Harold 
Etling that Dr. Clate A. Risley, 
NSSA executive secretary has re- 
signed his post effective December 
31, 1963. 

Dr. Risley came to National Sun- 
day School Association in Septem- 
ber, 1952, from a successful Bap- 
tist pastorate in Spokane, Washing- 
ton. 

During the past eleven years, the 
National Sunday School Associa- 
tion has grown from a small one- 
room agency to become one of the 
leading interdenominational or- 
ganizations in the field of Christian 
education. Nearly one hundred de- 
nominations were registered at the 
recent Buffalo Sunday School Con- 
vention. The National Sunday 
School Association conventions are 
said to bring together more people 
from more denominations and more 
geographical areas than any other 
religious gathering in the world to- 
day. 

Dr. Risley, in resigning his post 
with the National Sunday School 
Association, has announced no 
plans for the immediate future. 



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In This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Guest Editorial: 
"Is There a Conspiracy Against God?" 

by Bella V. Dodd 3 

Sunday School Suggestions 4 

Daily Devotions — March 1-7 5 

Spiritual Meditations 6 

Sunday School Lesson Comments 7 

"A Holy Land Christmas as We Saw It" 

Part III Rev. Delbert B. Flora 7 

Prayer Meeting Bible Study 8 

Children's Devotions — March 1-7 9 

World Religious News 10 

Sisterhood: Bible Study for March 12 

The Brethren Youth 14 

Missionary Board 16 

The Brethren Layman 18 

Woman's Missionary Society 20 

A Report from Albert Ronk 21 



NOTES and COMMENTS 

ANOTHER BOY 

FOR THE GARRETTS: 

CONGRATULATIONS are in 
order for Rev. and Mrs. 
Buck Garrett of Colon, Mich- 
igan, upon the arrival of a 
boy on January 31, 1964. He 
has been named James Way- 
man. 

He is their third son. 

Rev. and Mrs. Garrett have 
been serving the Matteson 
Brethren Church for several 
years, but will soon be mov- 
ing to Cheyenne, Wyoming, 
to take over the pastorate 
of The Cheyenne Brethren 
Church. Their address will be 608 E. 22nd St. 




A DYING MAN'S TESTIMONY— 

ONE OF THE most interesting and heart- 
warming testimonies that your editor has 
ever read is found on page 23 of this issue. The ! j 
article is entitled "Sunshine . . . Shadow . . 
and Cancer" by Brian Surer. 

Brian Surer was a young man of 25 years 
old, married and the father of two children. 
Starting in his early teens, he had an outstand- 
ing career in the newspaper business and had 
won several top awards. He had written for 
magazines and television, travelled widely, cov- 
ered Presidential news conferences, and his first 
book, "Generation In A Rut" has been published. 
The article outlines a dramatic change of events 
in his life. 

Be sure to read this page! 



THE GUEST EDITORIAL— 

EVERY Brethren family should read the ar- 
ticle by Bella V. Dodd entitled: "Is There 
a Conspiracy Against God?" on page 3 of this 
issue. This article will certainly reveal to you 
some of the problems which America faces today 
because of a small group of atheists who are 
trying to disrupt the American way of life. 



HOW THE BIBLE CAME TO US — 

ON THE SISTERHOOD pages (12 & 13), you 
Will find the Bible Study for the month of 
March. This study was written by Rev. Jerry 
Flora of Washington, D. C. You will find this 
to be a most interesting and informative article; 
you would do well by saving these studies as 
they have appeared and will appear in The 
Brethren Evangelist. 

These articles, in a most concise way, present 
the development of our Bible from its beginnings. 

News from the Brethren 22 

Memorials 22 

Coming Events 22 

Progress Reports from Brethren Churches ... 22 

"Sunshine . . . Shadow . . . and Cancer" 

by Brian Surer 23 



I! February 22, 1964 



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IS THERE A CONSPIRACY 
AGAINST GOD? 

Bella V. Dodd 



Prominent New York Attorney 
and Educator 



THE DAY THE U. S. Supreme Court decided that 
the use of the Regents' Prayer in New York 
schools was unconstitutional, I was in a New York 
30urt on other matters. News of the decision passed 
through the room in excited whispers. Sitting next to 
me was a young lawyer, obviously fresh out of law 
chool. 

"Good," he muttered. Then he pointed to the words 
on a plaque over the judge's bench — In God We Trust 

and he added: "That's the next thing that has 
to go." 

I was stunned. "Young man," I said, "I'm old 
enough to be your grandmother, and you can take 
my word for it: when that sign comes down your 
career will be over because there will be no real law 
for you to practice." 

This, I believe, is the heart of the matter. This 
is the great danger which faces America if we pursue 
our present course of removing the acknowledgment 
of God from our daily lives. Without God, I am con- 
vinced, we will have no law and order, no morality, 
no conscience. 

Since that day the momentum of our drive in this 
direction has rapidly increased. Here are examples: 

A Maryland atheist who says "My child shall not 
pray" has brought about a Supreme Court decision 
that your child and mine shall not pray in school 
either. This same person has since started a school 
for atheism in Kansas which is to include a uni- 
versity, radio station and printing plant. 

A Pennsylvanian who opposes Bible reading in 
classrooms has been able to have this Bible exercise 
eliminated from every classroom in the country. 

A Court case is pending in California to remove 
the words wider God from the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Under attack are the motto "In God We Trust" on 
our coins, the use of chaplains in the Armed Services 
and prayers before government and public gather- 
ings. The objective: to make America officially a god- 
less nation. 

It is disheartening to see the submissiveness of 
school authorities, teachers and public officials who 
are going even beyond the Supreme Court edict in re- 
moving all reference to Deity. The New York State 
Education Commissioner, for example, declared that 
the recitation of the fourth stanza of "America" — 
which refers to God — cannot be used as a part of the 
opening school exercise. 

In Sacramento County, California, it was ruled un- 
constitutional for school children to say this grace 



with their milk and cookies: "God is great. God is 
good. Let us thank Him for our food." 

Behind the scenes are forces at work whose pur- 
pose is to remove God as an important influence in 
the life of our nation. Billy Graham was right when 
in his recent Los Angeles Crusade he said, "The ef- 
fort to remove God and moral teachings from our 
schools is a diabohcal scheme." 

For several years, I was a member of this anti-God 
crusade myself. Like many misguided idealists, I went 
through a period when I put the Brotherhood of Man 
above the Fatherhood of God, and, as so often hap- 
pens, this led me to the Communist Party. As early 
as 1936, I was a disciplined Communist; between 1944 
and 1949, I was in the top echelon of the Communist 
Party of the United States. 

I thought I was fighting for social justice, but even- 
tually I discovered that the Party did not even have 
a file on various social reforms. The Communist Party 
exists not to improve conditions in America but to 
control them, and not to control them for the bene- 
fit of the people but the benefit of the Party. It was 
this realization that finally drove me from Com- 
munism and, after years of seeking, back to God. 

Even in those days there was a well-organized 
campaign to eliminate God from our education. I was 
active in this area. I had been a college professor and 
an organizer of teachers' unions. I knew from expe- 
rience that students look to their teachers for per- 
sonal guidance more often than to their parents, 
and for this reason I labored to recruit as many 
teachers to Communism as I could. 

These days, as then, it is not the Communist Party 
alone which seeks to remove from schools all in- 
cidents of a religious nature, whether prayer, Bible 
reading or the reference to God in the Pledge of Al- 
legiance. But whatever they call themselves, these 
groups have the same goal: the displacement of the 
Law of God by the Law of Man. 

It is not surprising that those against God should 
aim their biggest weapons at our schools. Our school 
years are our most impressionable. Eliminating the 
concept of God from education leaves the student 
with no basis for determining right from wrong. 

Therefore, I feel that the argument presented by 
some political and religious leaders that the Court's 
decisions put religion back where it belongs — in the 
church and the home — is unrealistic. American 
youngsters between seven and 21 spend more wak- 
ing hours at school and school activities than they 



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do at home and church combined. They need more 
— not less — emphasis on spiritual values in school. 

The instigators of the school controversy, moreover, 
have not fought their cause on the basis of religion 
but rather on the basis of Constitutional rights. They 
have viron in the precise area where they should have 
lost. 

In 6,000 years of recorded history, the American 
Constitution is the only document of government to 
be based on the law of God as defined in Natural Law, 
the Decalogue and Divine Revelation. Its authors 
were believers: their faith is evident in the guarantees 
for individual freedom which they wrote into the 
Constitution. Furthermore, by their checks and bal- 
ances on the three government branches (Executive, 
Legislative, Judicial) , they assured that no branch 
should overpower the others and that, while pro- 
tecting the rights of the minorities, government 
should remain in the hands of the majority of the 
people. This is the freedom of religion which the 
authors of the Constitution had in mind. 

Constitutionally, no American can be forced to act 
against his conscience. In war we respect the rights 
of conscientious objectors who refuse to bear arms. 
This same principle applies to activities in schools. 

If parents, acting in conscience, decide they don't 
want their child to participate in religious obser- 
vances, the Pledge to the Flag, or say, competitive 
athletics, they have the right to ask for him to be 
excused. The question is — do these minorities have 
the right to impose their judgment on all the other 
children? 

The answer is an obvious no. Yet this has happened. 
Every parent, indeed every citizen, should ask: "What 
can we do about it?" 

As a start, parents must reclaim control of their 
school boards, making their wants known and heeded, 
assuring that government in our country remains 
from the grass roots up instead of being imposed 
from the top down. By failing to speak out, parents 
are allowing a small minority to establish the educa- 
tional philosophy under which their children shall 
be trained. 

Furthermore, Americans who wish to retain our 
God-centered civilization must themselves become 
more vocal in all areas of this controversy. 

Members of Congress are now working on a Con- 
stitutional Amendment which would restate the First 
Amendment to the Constitution to allow prayer and 
Bible reading in schools on a voluntary, non-sectarian 
basis. The amendment would also head off suits now 
pending to eliminate God from the Pledge of Al- 
legiance and our coins. 

I believe the great majority of American people 
are behind this action and should say so to their 
Congressmen in no uncertain words. 

Meanwhile, the situation which was created by 
court action can be corrected by court action. Those 
who have made the long, difficult, complicated, ex- 
pensive journey to the U.S. Supreme Court to elimi- 
nate God from our schools traveled with the aid of 
organizations who shared this goal. Others who share 
opposite goals must be willing to travel a similar ar- 
duous road if they wish to regain what they treasure. 

Actually the Court decision can become a challenge 
for a new spiritual creativity in schools and public 



life. From school board to the principals to the 
teachers there could be a rethinking of ways to teach I 
children our basic concepts of morality and God. We 
are not concerned here merely with a legal debate 
on whether religion in the schools violates the words 
of the First Amendment. We are concerned with a 
way of life, a philosophy and the spiritual character 
of our culture. We must decide what that character 
is, then take a stand on it before we have nothing 
left to stand on. 

The human need to seek God, to know God, to love 
God and to obey God is older than Abraham, and 
the effort since Abraham for men to live together 
under God for their spiritual salvation and the com- 
mon good is both natural and necessary. This sud- 
denly cannot be outdated and superfluous; men can- 
not suddenly become purer moralists than God, al- 
though even before Abraham there were men who 
thought they could. 

Time and again throughout history, men driven 
by a lust for power or money have sought to destroy 
in others the natural response to Divine Law — the 
individual conscience, and the result has been com- 
plete chaos. Americans who believe in God are now 
the prey of such forces, and we shall be their vic- 
tims unless we do something now to prevent it. 

Often I think of the young lawyer who wanted to 
liave our national motto — In God We Trust — removed 
from our courtrooms. When we stop trusting in God, 
when we reject the principle that we are His creatures, 
subject to His laws, when we switch from morality 
under God to morality by government committees 
on ethics, we will witness more than the end of law 
and order in our country. We will witness the end 
of our country itself. This is a challenge to every 
one of us who loves freedom — and God. 

Copyright 1963, Guideposts Associates, Inc., Carmel, 

N.Y. 



Sunday School Suggestions 

from the National S. S. Board 



Dick Winfield 



CHRISTIAN EDUCATION AND EVANGELISM 

TT IS easy to fall into the error of thinking thati, 
-*- Christian Education and Evangelism are two op- [ , 
posing ways of presenting the Gospel. Evangelism,!' 
colored by the overtones of "revivalism," has been J 
looked upon as an emotional appeal for a decision 
in response to the preaching of the Gospel. Christian 
Education, on the other hand, has sometimes been 
thought to be an objective, automatic process, where- 
by the student who is taught what is right and wrong 
will naturally choose the right. 

In reality. Christian Education and Evangelism are 
complementary channels for the Gospel. It is im- 
portant that maturing Christians be educated in the 
facts and truths of our religion. How can anyone 
respond in faith to a Gospel with which he is not 



February 22, 1964 



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acquainted? How can he accept as Savior a Christ 
whom he does not Icnow? How can he honestly com- 
mit himself to a way of life whose demands have 
not been forthrightly presented to him? 

The content of Christian Education is the evangel 
— the Gospel — the Good News that God in Christ for- 
gives our sin and offers us eternal life. We have a 
wonderful story to tell. We have a gloriously pow- 
erful Savior to present. In the name of Christ we have 
an eternal life to offer. 

Christian Education is Evangelism. It is telling 
the Good News. It is striving for a commitment of 
life to Jesus Christ. It is proclaiming the power of 
Christ's resurrection as available for this life and 
the life to come. 

Evangelism is Christian Education. It is preaching 
to inform the mind concerning the truths of God's 
Word and to motivate the will to respond to that 
Word in faith and obedience. 

THE USE OF PICTURES 
In various magazines you will find pictures that 
any teacher can find useful in the classroom. 
Pictures are among the oldest methods of helping 



a pupil learn by impression. Such pictures may be ob- 
tained for almost every Bible story, and for many 
other purposes. 
Here are some general suggestions for their use: 

1. Select pictures suited to the age group. Simple 
pictures with big figures for tiny tots, and more com- 
plicated ones for older pupils. 

2. Use care to get exactly the right picture that 
will help you accomplish the lesson aim. 

3. Seek pictures with action, and large enough 
that all of your pupils can see them. 

4. Be sure the pupils understand the pictures are 
only an artist's conception. 

5. Be careful to avoid unscriptural pictures. 

6. Take good care of the pictures, filing them 
away for future use by other classes. 

7. Mount all pictures on cardboard, and place 
record of use made of it on the back, including date, 
name of class, etc. 

8. After showing the picture, give time for pupils 
to tell what the picture says to them. 

9. Use the pictures to help in the review of the les- 
son on the following Sunday. 

from Sunday School Progress 



D a I Ty D e V 1 i n s 

General Theme lor the Year: "APPROVED UNTO GOD" 
Theme for March — "IN OUR CHRISTIAN GROWTH" 

Writer for March — Mr. Charles J. Mishler 
March 1st through 7th — "Newborn in Christ" 



Sunday, March 1, 1964 

Read Scripture: Galatians 2:20, 21 

If we want to see God, we must 
come to Him on unconditional 
terms. We must be prepared as 
He dictates. He cannot give us new 
life as an entry ticket into heaven. 
He will not do so for our own sel- 
fish purposes or with any reserva- 
tions on our part. God can deal 
only with the life that is com- 
pletely given to Him through Christ. 

To participate in the life of 
Christ, we must first be identified 
with Him in His death (Romans 
6:5). 

Just before going to be with 
the Lord, evangelist Paul Rader 
said, "They say I shall soon die, 
but it is not true! I died many 
years ago when I was crucified 
with Christ, and now eternal life 
is mine forever more." 

The Day's Thought 
"Buried with Christ," and raised 

with Him, too; 



What is there left for me to do? 
Simply to cease from struggling 

and strife, 
Simply to walk "in newness of 

life." 

— ^Rev. Paul Rader 

Monday, March 2, 1964 

Read Scripture: I Peter 1:17-25 

The new birth is not the agree- 
ment of one's mind with an idea 
or a way of life. It is the develop- 
ment of a new person in the way 
of God. 

Horace Bushnell, after laboring 
for years in his Hartford parish, 
awoke one morning and cried, "I 
see it, I see it!" Asked to explain, 
he said, "The Gospel. It is not 
the committing of one's thoughts 
in assent to any proposition, but 
the trusting of one's being, there 
to be rested, kept, guided, molded, 
governed, and possessed forever." 
Paul said to the Corinthians, / 
determined not to know any thing 



Our writer for the month of Marcli 
is Mr. Charles J. Mishler. Mr. Mish- 
ler is the principal of the Swayzee 
High Scliool in Swayzee, Indiana. He 
is a member of the First Brethren 
Church, Milford, Indiana, serving as 
deacon. However, Mr. Mishler is 
attending the Swayzee Christian 
Churcli in Swayzee, Indiana, and 
serves in that church by teaching 
a young adult Sunday School class, 
singing in the choir, and serving on a 
Christian Education committee. He 
also occasionally does lay preaching. 

Mr. Mishler is married and the fa- 
ther of two children. We are very 
happy for his willingness to write the 
devotions during these five weeks. 



among you, save Jesus Christ, and 
him crucified (I Cor. 2:2). He so 
identified his life with Christ that 
he came to say. For me to live is 
Christ (Phil. 1:21). 

On the road to Damascus, Paul 
became a new person and received 
a pure heart. 

The Day's Thought 

Christ can take the dimness of 
my soul away so that I can see God. 

Tuesday, March 3, 1964 

Read Scripture: Ephesians 5:1-21 

As new persons in Christ, we 
have transferred our citizenship 
from the world to heaven. We have 
died and now are reborn and have 



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become new creatures in Christ. 
The Holy Spirit kindles a heavenly 
Are that purifies and glows in our 
lives to light the way of our fel- 
low men. We must not quench the 
fire with worldliness and spiritual 
neglect. 

Some of the marks of such a 
warm and sanctified life are: 

1. Seeks the things of Christ — 
Philippians 2:21. 

2. Counts all earthly things but 
loss for His name's sake — ^Philip- 
pians 3:8. 

3. Lives unto Him — 11 Corin- 
thians 5:15. 

4. Avoids worldly entanglements 
—II Timothy 2:4. 

5. Aims only to please the Sa- 
viour — II Corinthians 5:9. 

The Day's Thought 
Prayer, Bible study, fellowship 
with other Christians, and zealous 
service are essential in keeping the 
heavenly glow in our souls. 

Wednesday, March 4, 1964 
Read Scripture: Psalm 146 

A student in our school came in- 
to my office one day and spilled 
out many problems. These prob- 
lems were bearing down in his life 
to the point of causing him to 
wonder if there was any point in 
continuing to live. 

He had noticed a few students 
and teachers in our school that al- 
ways seemed to be happy. He 
wanted so much to have happiness 
like that in his life. The people 
that he had noticed were several 
of those living positive Christian 
lives. 

Sometime later the young man 
accepted Christ as his Saviour and 
even though there were still prob- 
lems to work out, he had found 
happiness. Life was now worth liv- 
ing. 



Have you experienced the hap- 
piness that comes from placing 
your hope in the Lord God? 
The Day's Thought 

"Hem your blessings with praise 
lest they unravel!" 

Thursday, March 5, 1964 

Read Scripture: Romans 5:19 — 6:11 

Born-again believers are new 
creatures in Christ. They have 
passed through death into a new 
nature. This new life is difficult 
to describe in all its richness, but 
we can suggest three ways in which 
it is known. 

First, we have a new vision. Je- 
sus Christ helps us see ourselves 
in new ways. He helps us to see 
our fellow man as we never saw 
him before. Our eyes are opened 
to the needs of individuals around 
us. 

Secondly, we have a new goal. 
We strive to glorify God and serve 
our fellow men. 

Finally, we find a new love. We 
no longer love only ourselves. Christ 
makes us know God's love for us 
so that we can love Him and love 
our fellow men. 

The Day's Thought 

"Christianity isn't worth the snap 
of your finger if it doesn't change 
your character" (D. L. Moody) . 

Friday, March 6, 1964 

Read Scripture: I Corinthians 3: 
1-11 

When we have experienced con- 
version and His life enters ours, 
we must not assume that we will 
automatically receive power over 
sin. All that has happened is that 
we have the potential for future 
victory. 

We are infants so far as the 
Christian life is concerned. We 
toddle around and make many 



failures, but gradually gain that 
inner strength which will make us 
spiritually mature if we are nur- 
tured by God's Word. 

What happens from now on de- 
pends on us and how freely we 
let God work in our lives. A con- 
stant and regular diet of spiritual 
food is essential to spiritual growth. 
Just as many people do not prop- 
erly develop physically because of 
an inadequate diet, many do not 
properly develop spiritually because 
of an inadequate diet. 

The Day's Thought 

The spiritual grows as it glows. 

Saturday, March 7, 1964 
Read Scripture: Ephesians 2:1-10 

What is the most expensive thing 
in the world? Some students were 
discussing this question on their 
way home from school. One sug- 
gested an acre of ground on Wall 
Street in New York. 

Another said a pound of finished 
diamonds, while another student 
suggested a human life since it 
could not be restored once it was 
gone. 

Just then they walked by their 
church, and one student pointed to 
the cross over the entrance to the 
church and said that that must be 
the most expensive thing in the 
world. 

This student was right. The 
cross represents the grace of God. 
Grace that brings love to one who 
deserves no love. 

God actually gave His Son to 
be crucified to pay for sins of man- 
kind. Jesus earned heaven for all 
who will believe on Him. 

The Day's Thought 
It is, remember, by grace and 
not by achievement that you are 
saved. 



Spiritual Meditations 

Dyoll Belote 



MISSING THE MARK 

The feet of them . . . are at the door. Acts 5:9. 

A MAN HAD BEEN practicing at archery, but with 
universal failure. The man who was in charge 
at the game approached the contestant and requested 



to examine the arrow the man had been using. 
Glancing along the arrow, he deliberately snapped 
the stick. "It is crooked," he said. "You merely hurt 
your skill when you use a crooked arrow." "Sin" really 
does mean "missing the mark." 

The story of Ananias and Sapphira is that of a 
lie deliberately planned, a crooked arrow deliberately 
shot. Lying is always a sin. It must have constant 
reinforcement of another lie — and each one more 
crooked than the last. Lying is cumulative, and even- 
tually the liar is caught. 

In Proverbs 6:16-19, the writer lists seven things 
that the Lord hates, and among the seven is a "lying 



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tongue" (6:17). The seven things mentioned in the 
list are so evil as to vi^arrant special mention. 

The most serious thing about lying, however, is 
not its social consequence but its spiritual results. 
It is SIN in the eyes of God. Jesus gave us the eter- 
nal example of "straight" living. HE NEVER MISSED 
THE MARK. A liar will rob you of not only your repu- 
tation, but of your character as well. Always use 
straight arrows — the arrows of truth. 



Sunday School 

Lesson Comments 

Cari H. Phillips 

Topics copyrighted by the International Council 
of Religious Education. Used by permission. 



Lesson for March 1, 1964 

MARY, MARTHA, AND LAZARUS 

Text: Luke 10:38-42; John 11:20-27; 12:1-3 

ONE NEED NOT perform such daring feats as the 
Apostles or other famous Christian missionaries, 
doctors, etc., to be beloved of the Father. In Martha, 
Mary and Lazarus, we see three people profoundly 
affected by Jesus, loved by Him, used by Him and yet 



they were rather quiet in their Christian activities. 

This was one Jewish family that welcomed Jesus 
into their home for no other special reason than that 
they loved His company and He loved theirs. It is 
most likely that Jesus came here very often. 

It is noted that these folks looked to Jesus as their 
Superior. When Martha could stand Mary's "loafing" 
no longer, she asked Jesus to speak to Mary about 
doing her share of the work. When Jesus very kindly 
told Martha the correct way to see the circumstance, 
it seems that Martha did take Him at His word. There 
was no hard feehng to follow between these friends, 
but rather a willing step into spiritual maturity. 
When Lazarus became seriously ill, the sisters looked 
to Jesus for help. He was the Head of their house 
in all things. 

Each of these people set their hearts to honor Je- 
sus. Martha wanted a meal worthy of such a guest; 
Mary wanted to devote more time to hearing His 
word; Lazarus was used in a peculiar way to win 
souls to Christ and to establish others in their faith. 
Jesus allowed Lazarus to die and then He raised him 
from the dead. People did believe (John 11:15; 12:11, 
17-19). God can use anyone in the most unusual way 
to save souls and bring glory to Himself. 

God wants men to serve Him regardless of who 
they are. Not everyone will have the same character 
of calling. One and all must be devoted and willing, 
accepting whatever God sends. 



A HOLY LAND CHRISTMAS 
AS WE SAW IT 



PART III 



Rev. Delbert B. Flora 



THE NEXT STAGE in the Jerusalem-Bethlehem 
Christmas celebrations was that of the Ortho- 
dox and Eastern Churches on January 6. However, 
for the most part, the coming of Pope Paul VI stole 
the show. He was scheduled to arrive on the after- 
noon of Saturday, January 4. We spent a large share 
of two days previous to that wandering around 
through Jerusalem, inside and outside the walls, 
viewing the preparations being made. Of course, peo- 
ple back in the States were fully informed on all 
details related to that momentous event of church 
history, and as I write, we have in our possession 
Time and Newsweek for January 10 and 13, respec- 
tively, which give a good summary of the visit, with 
much more to come in subsequent issues. We saw 
TV buses and vans arriving with all kinds of equip- 
ment. The Itahan TV system shipped about thirty 
vehicles ahead of the day. Technicians and camera 



crews penetrated all parts of the city installing power 
lines and big cameras at every vantage point. Time 
and Life were represented by about seventy camera 
men alone, and how many press men they had we 
do not know. Other personnel was in ratio to this. 
Banners, pictures of the Pope and King Hussein of 
Jordan, national flags and Papal flags and buntings 
made arches all along the narrow streets. 

The question was, where could one stand or sit 
or climb where he could see the Pope as he came 
into Jerusalem? We settled for standing room about 
a block from Damascus Gate along a broad avenue 
which parallels the north wall. We stood for more 
than two and a half hours on a cold, grey day. The 
crowds were dense, the wind was sharp and pene- 
trating, the people were getting tired and cold, but 
the arrival of the procession was delayed. Finally, 
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leave for home and get warm, the lead cars came 
into sight, then army cars with machine guns mounted 
and readied for use, and then Pope Paul's car which 
was followed by more armed cars. The masses of 
people surged forward to the car, and an unwilling 
bystander went willy-nilly, and we were both swept 
to within a few feet of his Mercedes. In such a situa- 
tion, a camera is purely an impediment. Well, finally 
he was taken past us, and we went back to our room 
to get thawed out. Of what happened otherwise, 
Americans and the world have already read, or seen 
on TV. We snapped on our transistor radio and lis- 
tened to a narrator who was stationed in the Church 
of the Sepulchre, and later to the Pope saying Mass. 
During that service, he seemed most sincere, and 
was overcome with his own emotion at times. 

The next day, Sunday, we went in the afternoon 
to Bethlehem again to see the preparations for the 
arrival of the Pope, and also the visit of the Greek 
Patriarcli for the Orthodox Christmas Eve celebra- 
tions. The afternoon was very clear and beautiful, 
but very cool. The town was getting ready for a big 
show and welcome for its distinguished visitors who 
would come on the following day. Paul VI was to 
be there in the forenoon and return toward Jeru- 
salem about noon when the Greek Patriarch would 
be coming out to Bethlehem to arrive at about one 
o'clock. Police, security forces, and civil and re- 
ligious leaders were about to suffer nervous pros- 
tration. The streets and roads were lined with deco- 
rations, soldiery, police and technicians. We were 
able to take our time, however, in going through the 
Church of Nativity and some of the narrow streets 
of "little town of Bethlehem." We enjoyed it all greatly. 
Then on Monday, we remained at home and listened 
to radio narrators tell about the processions and 
finally about the departure of the Pope for Rome. 

Another part of all the happenings which was most 
interesting to us was the crossing of thousands from 
Israel to Jordan for Christmas Day and a meeting 
with relatives. On December 24, more than three 
thousand Roman Catholics were permitted to cross 
and on January 5 more than two thousand Greek 
Orthodox came. They all had to return the next 
day after their initial crossing. Their reunions were 
often tearful and touching, but we understand that 
some who came were not altogether trustworthy, 
which is a pity, because they can compromise the 
favor granted by the Jordanian government. 

What is our reaction to all this? It is hard to make 
any real evaluation of our feelings at this early date. 
However, I can say that it was rather easy to note 
an analogous situation. When Jesus was born in 
Bethlehem, the town was crowded, it seems from the 
story, but only a very few knew of the event, Joseph, 
Mary and some shepherds. And amidst all the pag- 
eantry and processing in the little town at this Christ- 
mas time, one would suppose that the crowds were 
completely unaware of anything but the pomp and 
circumstance. The similarities are most amazing, and 
contrasts of circumstances are spiritually and men- 
tally staggering. 

We pray that at least a few may have had an aware- 
ness of the true Christmas. 



Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 



C. Y. Gilmer 



THEIK SIN FOUND THEM OUT! 

SATAN DECEIVED EVE by injecting doubt into 
the Word of God (Gen. 3:1-6). The first human 
pair could not escape the consequence of sin (Gen. 
3:16-19). 

Her rash hand in an evil hour 
Forth reaching to the fruit, she pluck'd, she eat; 
Earth felt the wound, and Nature from her seat 
Sighing through all her works gave signs of woe 
That all was lost. 

— 'Milton. 

Even Moses, the meekest of men, could not sin and 
get by (Num. 20:7-12; Deut. 34:4, 5). Even David, 
the sweet singer of Israel, could not transgress with- 
out punishment (II Sam. 12:10) . The natives of Melita 
were mistaken about Paul, but not about sin (Acts 
28:4). Sin tarings a harvest (Gal. 6:7), and all sins 
must be accounted for (Rom. 14:12). 

Cain failed to hide his sin from God (Gen. 4:9, 10). 
Achan could not hide permanently the loot he took 
from Jericho (Josh. 6:18; 7:20). The sin of Judas, 
though covered by hypocrisy, was known to Christ, 
who knew him from the beginning (Jn. 6:64). Sin 
unconfessed and hidden is sure to bring failure (Prov. 
28:13). When Israel had gone up to Ai trouble 
caught up with them (Josh. 7:1). When anything 
devoted to God is used for self it is accursed (vs. 2-5) . 
This sin reminds us of the dissembling of Ananias 
and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-10). 

Failure often comes because of sin (I Cor. 11:29, 
30). Sickness may come because of sin (Jas. 5:14, 15). 
The sins of ignorance are bound to rebound (Acts 
3:17). Ignorance is no excuse because the guilty could 
have known (Lu. 2:29, 30). Not to live up to known 
duty leads to excessive sinning (Matt. 25:44-46). 

Like Saul, some use piety as a cover-up for in- 
complete obedience (I Sam. 15:1-9). Saul's folly was 
against the plan of God toward Amalek (Exod. 17: 
14) . God's plan had been given to Moses, and He 
had given command (Deut. 25:17-19). No wonder 
God was displeased with Saul's incomplete disobe- 
dience (I Sam. 15:11), which Saul brazenly sought 
to cover up (vs. 13-15) . The rich young ruler's obe- 
dience was incomplete (Matt. 19:20-22). Abraham 
was guilty of incomplete obedience (Gen. 12:1, 4). 
Saul's alitai was his fear of displeasing his subjects 
(Prov. 29:25). Saul thought that more sacrifices would 
make amend (I Sam. 15:21), but "obedience is bet- 
ter than sacrifice" (vs. 22, 23). God will have obe- 
dience and not self-will (Isa. 1:11-15). So Saul lost 
his touch with God (I Sam. 16:14; 28:15, 16). 

A classic example of God's resistance to man's pride 
(Prov. 16:18; Isa. 2:11a) is the history of Haman 
(Esther 3:5, 6). The unsaved hate God's people often- 
times (Titus 3:3; I Jn. 3:12b; II Chron. 18:7). Haman 



February 22, 1964 



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CHILDREN'S 
DAILY DEVOTIONS 

Mrs. Robert G. Hoisinger 




Easter Readings 
Memory Scripture for the month — Mark 16:15 

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, 
and preach the gospel to every creature. 

March 1-7 

SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 1964 

Scripture: Luke 19:29-38 

Palm Sunday 

"Mom, may we go to the parade?" asked Joe as 
he came in the backdoor. 

"Yes," replied Mother. "Sue and I were just go- 
ing to call you. We'll walk to the corner. The parade 
will go by there." 

"Let's hurry," urged Joe as they walked along. 
"I hear the band. The parade is coming!" 

Today's Bible reading tells of a parade Jesus 
planned. There were no bands and floats such as 
would be in a parade today. In fact, it was just Jesus 
riding on a colt and the disciples following Him. 

As they walked along, others saw them and shouted, 
"Blessed be the King that comes in the name of the 
Lord." 

Have you accepted Jesus as King of your life? 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for Jesus. Help me to do the 
things that are pleasing to Him. In His name I pray. 
Amen. 

MONDAY, MARCH 2, 1964 

Scripture: Luke 22:1-20 

The Last Supper 

"Aunt Mary is coming. Aunt Mary is coming," 
Linda sang happily as she dusted the guest bedroom. 



had the silver and the people (Est. 3:11), and he was 
hilarious (v. 15) while the Jews were in mourning 
(4:3). Haman gloated in his riches, advancement, 
and popularity (5:10-12). But there was one fly in 
the ointment (v. 13) . For this Haman's wife, Zeresh, 
suggested the gallows for Mordecai (v. 14) . But that 
night the sleepless King had the court records read 
to him in which he was reminded that Mordecai had 
saved his life (6:1-3). Early in the morning came 
Haman to speak to the king about hanging Mordecai, 
and he was greeted with the question, "What can we 
do, Haman, for the man whom the king delighteth 
to honor?" The haughty Haman thought that the 
king meant himself (6:6). Then his pride was dis- 
solved into shame (Prov. 11:2a; Est. 6:10, 12, 14). 
Then comes the exposure by Esther of the wicked- 
ness of Haman (7:1-8). And Haman is hanged by 
the noose he had made for Mordecai (vs. 9, 10) ! The 
house of Haman was destroyed (8:2b; 9:10). 



Then she ran downstairs to help Mother fix dinner. 
"Aunt Mary is coming and I'm so glad," she told 
Mother. 

When company is coming we want everything neat 
and clean. We fix good meals for them to eat. 

The disciples prepared the upper room and cooked 
supper for Jesus. They were glad to be with Him, 
to listen to Him, and to learn from Him. 

Are you ready for Jesus to come into your life? 
Do you read the Bible and talk to Him in prayer 
everyday? Do you remember to do the things the 
Bible teaches? Do you go to church and Sunday School 
every Sunday? Do you attend the other meetings of 
the church? 

These are ways to prepare for our heavenly com- 
pany. Are you ready for Him? 
Prayer: 

Dear God, thank You for sending Jesus to earth. 
Help me to prepare my life for Him. In His name 
I pray. Amen. 

TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 1964 

Scripture: Luke 22:39-54 

Gethsemane and Betrayal 

When things go wrong, don't you like to be near 
those you love? It is good to know Mother or Dad or 
friends are nearby. 

Jesus felt that way when He asked the disciples 
to wait and pray in the garden with Him. He knew 
what was going to happen and He wanted to ask 
God to help and strengthen Him. 

We cannot, like Jesus, know what is going to hap- 
pen to us, but we can ask God to be near us and help 
us. He will always hear us — no matter when or where 
or how we pray. 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for always being near. Thank 
You for hearing and answering my prayers. Thank 
You for helping me. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 1964 
Scripture: Luke 23:33-47 

The Crucifixion 

"Fire! Fire!" The dreadful shout rang through 
the apartment house. People hurried to the nearest 
doors, down the stairs and elevators. 

On the top floor one woman did not hurry to the 
outside. Her apartment was filled with smoke. She 
made her way to the bedroom. She felt in the smoke- 
filled room for the crib. Then she lovingly lifted her 
sleeping baby and covered him with a blanket. Only 
then did she hurry to the elevator. It wasn't working 
now. Down the many flights of steps she went as 
quickly as she could. 

This mother loved her baby more than her own 
life. She was willing to risk death for herself to save 
her baby. 

Jesus loved us so much He gladly came from heaven 
and gave His life for us. He wants to be our Savior. 
Have you accepted Him? 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for Jesus. Thank You for His 
love. Help me to know I need Him for my Savior. In 
His name I pray. Amen. 



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THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 1964 

Scripture: Luke 24:1-9 and 50-53 

The Resurrection and Ascension 

Have you ever been away from home for a few days? 
Wasn't it good to get back laome with Mother and 
Daddy? 

Jesus left His home in Heaven. He came to earth 
to live for thirty-three years. Now it was time for 
Him to return. How glad He must have been to go 
back to God, His Father, and to His beautiful home 
in Heaven! 

Jesus took a group of His friends to a hill outside 
Jerusalem. While He talked with them, He was lifted 
up to Heaven. 

We don't know exactly where Heaven is, but we 
do know that someday, perhaps very soon, Jesus will 
come back. Then He will take all who love Him to 
His beautiful home in Heaven. 

Do you love Jesus? Then you will be one of those 
to go with Him. 
Prayer : 

Thank You, God, that I know about Jesus. Help 
me to tell others of Him so they will be ready to go 
to Heaven, too. In His name I pray. Amen. 

FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 1964 

Scripture: John 12:12-16 

Palm Sunday 

The road was dusty. 
The road was long. 
But the people sang 
A glad, glad song. 

Waving palm branches, 
"Jesus is near," 
The people said, 
"Jesus is here." 



"Jesus is King! Hosanna!" 
Glad children sang. 
"Jesus is King! Hosanna!" 
The happy song rang. 

Let Jesus be your Savior. 

He is King today. 

He is always near 

If you will only pray. 
Prayer : 

Thank You, God, that Jesus is near to help me. 
Thank You for His love for me. In His name I pray. 
Amen. 

SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 1964 

Scripture: John 13:1-17 

Jesus Washes the Disciples' Feet 

"Wash your hands. Bill. Dinner is ready," said 
Mother. 

"But I just took a bath," replied Bill. 

"You've been bouncing your ball and reading since 
that. Your hands need to be washed again before 
dinner," answered Mother. 

All of us get our lives dirty each day. We do things 
we shouldn't. We sin. Our baptism was a sign our sins 
were washed away. But what about our new sins? 

This is one reason Jesus said, "Ye ought to wash 
one another's feet." We ask God to forgive us our sins. 
The feet washing at the communion service is a sign 
our sins have been washed away. It shows, too, our 
willingness to obey Jesus. 

Are you obeying Jesus? 
Prayer : 

Thank You, God, for forgiving me of the many 
wrong things I do each day. Help me to try harder 
to follow Jesus. In His name I pray. Amen. 



World Religious News 

in Review 



WITNESS APPEALS COURT 
DECISION DIRECTING BLOOD 
TRANSFUSION 

WASHINGTON, D. c. (ep) — Mrs. Jes- 
se Jones, a Jehovah's Witness who 
was given a court-ordered blood 
transfusion here, filed a petition 
in the U. S. Circuit Court to quash 
the order. 

She and her husband refused 
consent to a hospital blood trans- 
fusion on religious grounds, hold- 
ing that the Bible forbids anyone 
to "feed" on blood (Lev. 17:14; 
Acts 15:28, 29). 

Their attorneys, Ralph Deckel- 
baum and Bernard Margolios, ask 



the court to consider the petition 
en blanc, that is, before the entire 
court. 

Circuit Court Judge J. Skelly 
Wright on Sept. 17 issued the order 
for a blood transfusion "to save 
the patient's life" after an on-the- 
spot hearing in the patient's hos- 
pital room. 

Mrs. Jones, 25-year-old mother 
of a seven-month-old infant, had 
been brought to Roman Catholic- 
operated Georgetown University 
Hospital suffering from a hemor- 
rhaging ulcer. Physicians said a 
transfusion was mandatory. Hos- 
pital attorneys sought the order 



on the grounds that Mrs. Jones had 
no right "to commit suicide" and 
that the courts have a right to 
intervene. 

In making his decision. Judge 
Wright advised the couple that he 
would facilitate any appeal of his 
ruling. He noted there was no 
precedent for enforced transfusions 
involving an adult member of Je- 
hovah's Witnesses. 

NAE SPOKESMAN OPPOSES 
FCC "FAIRNESS DOCTRINE" 

WASHINGTON, D. c. (ep) — Dr. Clyde 
W. Taylor, director of public af- 
fairs for the National Association 
of Evangelicals, charged here that 
the Federal Communications Com- 
mission's "fairness doctrine" is 
"fuzzy and unenforceable." 

The fairness doctrine refers to 
an FCC ruling of 1949 which im- 
poses a specific obligation upon ra- 
dio broadcast licensees. It holds that 
"the licensee has an affirmative 
obligation to afford reasonable op- 



February 22, 1964 



Page Eleven 



portunity for the presentation of 
contrasting viewpoints on any con- 
troversial issue which he chooses to 
cover." 

Dr. Taylor expressed concern that 
the doctrine's effect could be "anti- 
religious." 

"The Gospel of Christ itself is 
controversial," he said, "and if the 
policy is strictly applied, atheists 
and those of other religions would 
be able to demand free time to 
refute paid religious programming." 

The NAE spokesman said he 
agreed with the purpose of the 
policy — to protect individuals and 
organizations from attack over the 
air. But, he added, if the policy 
were strictly enforced most political 
and religious opinion carried on 
purchased time would be completely 
neutralized. Many small stations 
would be forced off the air if the 
ruling were strictly enforced. 

NEGRO MINISTER NOMINATED 
FOB UNITED PRESBYTERIAN 
MODERATOR 

NEW YORK (ep) — A prominent 
Negro minister, the Rev. Edler G. 
Hawkins of the Bronx, was nomi- 
nated here as a candidate for the 
highest elective position — modera- 
tor of the General Assembly — in 
the United Presbyterian Church in 
the U.S.A. 

Some 270 members of the Pres- 
bytery of New York City voted 
unanimously to place his name be- 
fore the denomination's General 
Assembly next May 21 at Oklahoma 
City, Okla. 

No Negro has ever served in the 
post, though three years ago Mr. 
Hawkins was a candidate and lost 
to Dr. Herman L. Turner of At- 
lanta, Ga., by one of the narrowest 
votes on record in the Church — 
471 to 469. 

The next day. Dr. Turner named 
the Bronx clergyman as his vice- 
moderator, making him the first 
member of his race to hold that 
second highest position. 

FEDERAL JUDGE CLAIMS 
TEACHERS MAY READ BIBLE, 
LEAD PRAYERS 

STATESviLLE, N. c. (EP) — U.S. Dis- 
trict Judge Johnson J. Hages, of 
North Wilkesboro, N. C, said here 
that public school teachers may, if 
they wish, read portions of the 
Bible to their classes or lead stu- 
dents in reciting the Lord's Prayer. 

He claimed that the recent rul- 
ing of the U.S. Supreme Court 



prohibits government from requir- 
ing religious exercises in public 
schools, but does not prohibit the 
voluntary free exercise of religion 
in those schools. 

Addressing the Brotherhood of 
the First Baptist Church, Judge 
Hages said the Supreme Court 
has not ruled against religion and 
is neither for or against any "sect," 
but has ruled that government lias 
no power to establish religious 
practices or to prevent the free 
exercise thereof. 

As a judge, he said, he is bound 
by the decisions of the Court, but 
held that this decision does not 
prohibit teachers from reading the 
Scriptures or saying the Lord's 
Prayer. 

EAST GERMANY BARS VISIT 
BY DR. NIEMOELLER 

BERLIN (EP) — For the second time 
ih- nine months Soviet Zone author- 
ities denied an entry permit to 
Pastor Martin Niemoeller, head of 
the Evangelical Church of Hesse 
and Nassau. 

The noted West German church- 
man had been scheduled to attend 
bell dedication rites at a Protestant 
church in Erfurt. No reason was 
given for denying him permission 
to go there. 

Several weeks before, Dr. Ernst 
Wilm, president of the Evangelical 
Church of Westphalia and chair- 
man of the Evangelical Union 
Church, was refused a permit to 
visit Halle in East Germany. 

VERMONT "PATRIOTS" SEEK 
BIBLE READING IN SCHOOLS 

SHAFTSBURY, vT. (ep) — Morc than 
125 residents of this area organized 
the "Green Mountain Patriots," an 
organization seeking to restore 
prayers and Bible reading to Ver- 
mont's public schools. 

One of the first moves of the 
Bennington County group was to 
vote for continued display of a pic- 
ture of Christ in the Shaftsbury 
Elementary School after School 
Supt. Leon Wagner had reportedly 
ordered it removed from a class- 
room. 




BILLY GRAHAM: CLERGYMEN 
MUST SET EXAMPLE ON 
SMOKING 

CHARLOTTE, N. c. (EP) — The na- 
tion's clergymen must set an ex- 
ample and stop cigarette smoking, 
according to Evangehst Billy Gra- 
ham, a Southern Baptist. 

Commenting on the government's 
report on smoking, Dr. Graham 
said: 

"In light of the serious nature of 
the government report on smoking, 
it will not be a good Christian 
witness for a clergyman to smoke 
cigarettes." 

He conceded that it will be dif- 
ficult for habitual smokers to break 
the habit. 

"I believe," he said, "that God 
can help anybody break the cigar- 
ette habit. 

"It is not easy, but by prayer and 
faith it can be done." 

DES MOINES COUNCIL 
REVERSES STAND ON 
BEER SALES 

DES MOINES, IOWA (EP) — BCCaUSC 

"convention business" was suffer- 
ing, the Des Moines City Council 
voted here to grant a beer license 
to the private catering firm which 
services the Veterans' Memorial 
Auditorium. 

The Council voted 4-1 to grant 
the license; in 1962, it voted 5-0 to 
bar sale of beer or liquor in the 
city-owned auditorium. 

The change came when an at- 
torney general's ruling was inter- 
preted to mean that sponsors of a 
convention could not bring their 
own liquor into the auditorium. 

Councilman Jens Grothe, an at- 
torney who opposed the beer li- 
cense, held that "any citizen could 
file an injunction action and the 
operation of a tavern or saloon — 
call it anything you please — would 
be enjoined." "The permit," he said, 
"will profane the memory of those 
in whose honor this edifice was 
erected." 

Russell Laird, an attorney and 
member of the auditorium com- 
mission, said, "We have lost busi- 
ness. Certain groups and conven- 
tions will not come to Des Moines 
unless they have the convention 
services they are used to." The 
auditorium's manager said three 
bookings recently were canceled 
because alcoholic beverages were 
not available. 



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BIBLE STUDY: 



HOW THE BIBLE CAME TO US 

Below is the Bible Study for the month 
of March. It was not received In tinne 
to be included in last week's Sisterhood 
program materials. 



Rev. Jerry Flora 



LAST MONTH, in "How the Bible Came To Be," 
we saw how sixty-six books were separately 
composed, preserved through centuries, and finally 
brought together in the collection we call the Bible. 
The Old Testament was written over a period of 
roughly one thousand years (1400-400 B.C.) in the 
Hebrew and Aramaic languages, then translated into 
Greek about two hundred years before Jesus was 
born. The New Testament books were composed dur- 
ing the first Christian century in the Greek language. 
By about 200 A. D., Christians were pretty well 
agreed on which of their writings were most genuine, 
spiritual, and inspired. These they collected into the 
New Testament and used it alongside the Jewish 
Scriptures. By 400 A. D., two church councils had 
officially recognized the adoption of the sixty-six 
books we now have as constituting the entire written 
word of God, the Holy Bible. 

Jerome's Vulgate 

The Bible was all in Greek, and by this time most 
people spoke Latin, the language of the Roman Em- 
pire. Therefore, in 383, the bishop of Rome appointed 
a scholar named Jerome to make a new translation 
in the Latin of the day. Jerome was a conscientious 
man, and so he went to the land of the Bible story 
— ^Palestine — to do his work. First, he translated the 
New Testament from Greek into Latin, and then the 
Old. Still not satisfied, he learned Hebrew and re- 
translated the Old Testament into Latin from its 
original language. 

Twenty-five years Jerome labored on his version, 
living in a cave-like cell guarded by his pet lion. Af- 
ter his work was completed in 410 A. D., it was called 
the Vulgate Bible (from the Latin vulgatus, mean- 
ing "usual, common"), since it was in the ordinary, 
everyday language of the people. It is to this day 
the official Bible of the Roman Catholic Church. 

Not long after Jerome finished his translation, the 
city of Rome fell to its invaders (476 A. D.) and the 
Dark Ages settled over Europe. For nearly a thousand 



years, little progress was made in making the Bible 
understandable to the common man. Learning was 
locked up in the monasteries, books were hand-copied 
and therefore terribly expensive, and complete re- 
ligious authority rested in the Roman Catholic Church. 

John Wycliffe 

With the fall of Rome and the growth of separate 
kingdoms in Europe during the Dark Ages, Latin was 
replaced by a number of different languages. The re- 
sult was that people no longer understood the Bible, 
since it was available only in the Latin of Jerome's 
Vulgate. Even church services were conducted in 
Latin, which only the educated few could under- 
stand. Therefore, about 1383, a man in England named 
John Wycliffe iwick-liit) translated the Bible into 
the English of that day. He sent out traveling preach- 
ers called Lollards who read this new version to the 
people and preached to them in their own language 
rather than the Latin of the official church. 

Then, between 1450 and 1500, three events occurred 
which changed the entire history of the world: 

(1) In 1453, Constantinople, the capital of the Eastern 
Roman Empire, was conquered by the Muslim Turks. 
Scholars fled from there into Europe, taking with them 
priceless manuscripts and knowledge of the ancient 
world — information that Europe had lost during its 
Dark Ages. Among the learning they brought was 
knowledge of the original languages of the Bible. 

(2) At about the same time a man in Mainz, Germany, 
invented a method of printing books from movable 
blocks of type rather than laboriously copying them 
by hand. His name, of course, was Johann Gutenberg. 
Now, books could be plentiful, accurate, and less 
expensive to own. (3) In 1492, an Italian sailor named 
Christopher Columbus, sailing for the Spanish court, 
discovered the Western Hemisphere, and Europe as 
a result awoke from its thousand-year slumber. These 
three events, together with other helping factors, 
combined to bring about a revival of learning and 
discovery which ended the Dark Ages. This period 



February 22, 1964 



Page Thirteen 



Df rebirth, the Renaissance, brought with it great 
steps in understanding the Bible. 

The Gutenberg Bible 

When Johann Gutenberg invented his method of 
movable type printing, the first book he printed was 
the Bible in the Vulgate version. This printing job 
was one of the most amazing feats of all time. Guten- 
berg had to have 3.5 million individually molded 
pieces of type before he began. He could set only 
one page of type a day and print only one page at 
a time. As he arranged it, his Bible had 1,282 pages 
and he made 185 copies, thus requiring more than 
200,000 separate impressions of his six printing presses. 
Gutenberg printed 150 Bibles on paper and thirty- 
five on vellum (a heavy, translucent paper-like sub- 
stance made by specially treating the skins of calves; 
diplomas today are sometimes printed on a similar 
material) . In order to get the vellum for the 35 fine 
Bibles he produced, he had to purchase and slaughter 
6,000 calves. 

Of the 185 Bibles made by Gutenberg, 47 copies are 
known to exist today — twelve on vellum (four of them 
complete) and thirty-five on paper (seventeen com- 
plete) . Because this Bible was the first book ever 
printed, it is perhaps the most valuable addition any 
library can have. A copy of it is on display in the 
Library of Congress in Washington, D. C. It was pur- 
chased in 1926 by Dr. Vollbehr of Berlin from the St. 
Blasius Monastery in the Black Forest for $305 thou- 
sand. The U. S. Congress later set aside $1.5 million 
to buy a collection of three thousand books from 
the fifteenth century, and this Gutenberg Bible was, 
of course, the prize of that collection. 

Tyndale and Coverdale 

Gutenberg's Bible was in Latin, and few common 
people could read much Latin, so between 1522 and 
1534, Dr. Martin Luther brought out the Scriptures 
in German. English church authorities, however, pro- 
hibited a new translation in their language. They 
were opposed by William Tyndale (tin-dull), who 
said to one of them, "If God spare my life, I will a 
boy that driveth the plough shall know more of the 
Scriptures than thou doest!" Tyndale went to Europe 
in order to escape the king's wrath and there made 
a fresh English version of the New Testament from 
the original Greek. Copies of his translation were 
printed in Germany in 1525 and smuggled across the 
English Channel in shipments of grain and cloth, 
but most of them were discovered and confiscated. 
Back in Europe, Tyndale began to work on the Old 
Testament, but he was betrayed and captured. On 
October 6, 1536, near Brussels, he was bound to a 
stake, strangled to death, and his body burned. His 
last words were, "O Lord, open Thou the King of 
England's eyes!" Thus died the man who has been 
called "the father of the English Bible." But Tyndale's 
influence did not die, for he did his work so well that 
it is estimated that fully 90 per cent of the New 
Testament in the King James Version comes from 
Tyndale's translation. 

Almost immediately, another Englishman, Miles 
Coverdale, picked up where Tyndale left off. The 



church authorities opposed him as they had Tyndale 
before him. Though he was not put to death for his 
work, Coverdale found it necessary to leave England 
and go to Germany and Switzerland, where such 
Bible translation was not subject to persecution. He 
completed the Old Testament that Tyndale left par- 
tially finished, using Latin and German versions as 
well as the original Hebrew. King Henry VIII came 
to change his former views of opposition, and thus 
Tyndale's final prayer was answered in the work of 
his successor. 

Coverdale's Bible (using Tyndale's New Testament) 
was published in 1535, the first complete Bible to 
be printed in the English language. Then followed a 
series of Bible versions — all based more or less on 
the work of Tyndale and Coverdale. The Great Bible 
(so-called because of its large size) came out in 1539, 
the Geneva Bible in 1560, and the Bishops' Bible in 
1568. 

King James Version 

The churches of Protestant England could not agree 
on a common version of the Bible, so in 1604, King 
James I appointed 54 men to make a new one. Seven 
years they worked, and in 1611, Robert Barker, "Printer 
to the King's most Excellent Majestic," published it. 
It has become known as the King James Version of 
the Bible (sometimes called the Authorized Version, 
although the only "authorization" for it was the 
king's order to have it done) . 

The scholars who worked to produce this version 
were the most brilliant that could be assembled in 
that day — most of them bachelors. The most famous 
was probably Lancelot Andrewes, a chaplain to Queen 
Elizabeth I, who knew fifteen languages and spent 
his vacations learning more. Another was John Bois, 
who learned Hebrew at the age of five and for ten 
years was chief Greek lecturer in Cambridge Univer- 
sity, teaching at 4 o'clock each morning. The fifty- 
four translators were divided into six sections, each 
group responsible for a different part of the Bible. 
The final checking was apparently done by Miles 
Smith, who has been called "the greatest literary edi- 
tor of all time." 

While Henry Hudson was searching for the North- 
west Passage and Jamestown, Virginia, was being 
settled. Miles Smith and his associates produced one 
of the masterpieces of our language. But for all its 
beauty, the King James Version did not "catch on" 
right away. The Pilgrims who came to Massachusetts 
in 1620 would not use it because they thought it "too 
modern"; they preferred the old Geneva Bible of 
1560. It was a full fifty years before the King James 
Bible became the favorite of the English-speaking 
people, and it has remained unchallenged in that 
position to this day. 

(Next month: "The Bible Since King James") 



After reading the doctrine of Plato, Socrates, or 
Aristotle, we feel that the specific difference between 
their words and Christ's is the difference between 
an inquiry and a revelation. 

— Joseph Parker. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 




ren 
th 
Ctusaders 



SIGNALS FROM ... 

. • . Meyersdale, Pennsylvania 

The Main Street Brethren Church at Meyersdale, 
Pennsylvania, has two Brethren Youth Crusaders 
groups. Both groups elected officers last fall. The 
Senior BYC officers are as follows: 

President Mary Ann Walker 

Vice President Daniel Burt 

Secretary Gary Martin 

Ass't. Secretary Marie Shuck 

Treasurer JoAnn Martin 

Ass't. Treasurer Bill James 

Advisors Mrs. Rhea Burt and 

Rev. Robert L. Hoffman 
Officers of the Junior BYC are as follows: 

President Bobby Hoffman 

Vice President Tom Courtney 

Secretary Susan Shuck 

Ass't. Secretary Joe Fisher 

Treasurer Tommy Hoffman 

Ass't. Treasurer Ginger Folk 

Advisors Mrs. Doris Martin and 

Miss Sydney Lenhart 
During the church service on Sunday morning, 
October 13, 1963, the officers were installed by the 
Rev. Charles Munson. The Munsons were visitors of 
Rev. Hoffman and family over the weekend. 

— Mary Ann Walker 



. . . Milford, Indiana 

The Juniors of the Milford Brethren Youth Cru- 
saders enjoyed a sledding party on the lawn of Mrs. 
Irvin L. Coy just before Christmas. Mrs. Coy is re- 
covering from a broken hip and was unable to enter- 
tain the young people in her home at a Christmas 
party, as has been her custom for the past twenty- 
five years as teacher of a class of boys and girls. 

Refreshments were served in the social room of 
the church by Mrs. Byron Ulrich and Mrs. Paul 
Mathews. Instead of the regular gift exchange, the 
sixteen Juniors contributed ten dollars for the Junior 
Youth work at Lost Creek, Kentucky. 

Each one present at the party received two scrip- 
ture pencils, a prayer book for teenagers and a book 
of SCRIPTURE TO LIVE BY. 



A very impressive and inspirational candle-light 
ing service was held at our church on Christmas Eve 
with thirty young people of the Junior and Senior 
groups of the Brethren Youth Crusaders participatingj 
They were assisted by Mrs. Karl Hoover, organist;! 
Mrs. Billy Little, soloist; Mrs. Glen Morehead, choir 
director and Rev. Frank Barker. 

The service opened at 11:15 p.m. with an organ? 
prelude and processional. The program was based 
on Scripture readings by Rick Barker with appropriate 
musical numbers by the choir on the following scenes: 
"The Town of Bethlehem," "The Shepherds on the 
Hillside," "The Coming of the Wisemen," "The Ser- 
vice of Lights," and "Silent Night." 

A trio composed of Richard Sharp, Joseph Jessop 
and Steven Barker sang "We Three Kings of Orient! 
Are" and Mrs. Billy Little sang "Silent Night, Holy 
Night" in German. t 

While the audience lighted candles, given to them! 
at the beginning of the service, Steven Barker playedl 
a violin solo "O Holy Night." The church was lighted! 
by white tapers in two seven-branch candelabra asl 
well as those placed in the windows, on the organ and 
piano and in the balcony. The church was filled with! 
worshippers and as each pew of people lighted theirj 
candles, a soft glow filled the church as the bene-l 

diction was pronounced by Rev. Barker. i 

* * * [ 

Rev. and Mrs. Barker and family held open housei 
at the parsonage Sunday afternoon, December 29,1 
receiving many of their friends and church mem-j 
bers. ' 



. . . Wabash, Indiana! 

The Wabash Brethren Youth organized October 6 
with six members. We now have eight members and' 
are studying the book of John and plan to enter the! 
Quiz Contest. 

Our youth are all anxious to help with visitation 
for our new mission church at Wabash. On Saturday, 
January 4th, we handed out tracts with the name and' 
location of our church. We made 108 contacts. We were^ 
all very enthused and plan to have another visitation.; 
We are sending offerings from each month to Na-i 
tional Brethren Youth. Our money-making project' 
is selling ball point pens with our National Conferencei 
theme on them. These pens are very nice and are, 
a testimony to all who use them. 
Our officers for the year are: 

Pat Eckerly President 

Steve Meyer Vice President 

Sue Hartong Secretary 

Stan Meyer Treasurer 

Beth Hartong and 

Sharon Eckerly Song Leaders 

Mr. and Mrs. Hays Shoemaker were elected oui' 
sponsors for the coming year. 

— ^Sue Hartong, secretary 



February 22, 1964 



Page Fifteen 




LOST!! 



One Brethren Youth filmstrip ! ! The Training Hour 
fllmstrip entitled "Prom Boston to Brownsville" was 
sent to one of you in November. To date we have not 
received this fllmstrip back in the office. This leaves 
us with just one copy of this filmstrip thus making 
it difficult to fulfill requests. The prompt return of 
this filmstrip will be greatly appreciated by the Breth- 
ren Youth Office and other groups who wish to use it. 
Thanks! 



POSTER CONTEST 
1963-64 THEME 




THE SEARCH FOR 
WORLD PEACE" 



Size: 

The posters must be 18 by 24 inches in size, but may 
be of any substantial material. 



Time Scliedule: 

Posters may be completed any time during the 
year. But they must be brought or sent to General 
Conference and placed in the basement of Memorial 
Chapel by Wednesday of the conference week, August 
17-23, 1964. 



Judging: 



Judging will be completed by the following stand- 
ards — 

(1) Relationship to theme (30 points) 

(2) Thoughts expressed (30 points) 

(3) Originality (20 points) 

(4) Attractiveness (20 points) 
The entrant does not need to be present. 



Awards: 

Awards for each division are: 

First place — $25.00 

Second place — $15.00 

Third place — $10.00 
The Peace Committee reserves the right to keep the 
winning posters. 



Purpose: 



Inquiries: 



(1) To encourage Brethren Youth and adults to 
give more serious thought to the subject of Peace, 
and thus receive some vital peace training; 

(2) To offer an opportunity for artistic expres- 
sion by our youth and adults. 



Eligibility: 

There will be two groups and separate judging 
for each: 

Division I — ^Ages 12 to 18 
Division II — Ages 19 and older 
Ages are determined as of June 1, 1964. Each par- 
ticipant must also faithfully attend the Brethren 
Church or Brethren youth group. 



Theme: 

for 1963-64 — "The Search for World Peace" 

Materials: 

The posters may be made of any materials desired 
(water colors, oil paints, crayons, charcoal) . 



All questions or suggestions should be sent to Na- 
tional Brethren Youth, Ashland College, Ashland, 
Ohio 44805. 



Application: 

Complete the Registration Blank below. When re- 
ceived, you will be sent sample source materials about 
Peace to help in making your poster. 



APPLICATION 
PEACE POSTER CONTEST 



Name: 

Street: 
City: _ 



State : 



Which Brethren Church 
do you attend? 



Your age (on June 1, 1964) 

Date of application: 

Signed: 



Page Sixteen 



The Brethren Evangelisfj 




WHAT DOES IT TELL 



. . . and WHERE DID IT GO? 



NUNEZ CHURCH in Buenos Aires lias had the Holy 
Bible displayed in a special glass windowed cham- 
ber encased in one of the concrete fence posts be- 
side the entrance to the building. This, as you can 
see demonstrated in the accompanying picture, had 
aroused the curiosity and interest of many people 
passing by. They paused to read this Bible day and 
night for the Bible is illuminated at night which is 
quite an attraction. Each day, the Bible is opened to 
a different underlined passage for the Argentineans' 
enlightenment. In this beautifully unique ministry, 
the hearts of many have been touched by the truth 
of the Gospel. There have been some, who after read- 
ing this Bible, inquired about purchasing one for 
themselves. The people have awakened to the good 
news the Bible has to TELL them. 

Recently, Rob Byler, pastor of the Nunez Church, 
wrote in the "Testigo Fiel," the official organ of the 
Church of the Brethren in Argentina, that there was 
a most unpleasant occurrence recently at Nunez. 
Someone had broken into the display window and 
burned the Bible that had been there for almost 
five years. The damage itself, of course, was not costly 
but it caused a sadness to think that there are per- 
sons who would do such a thing as this. However, 
it took an evil act such as this for the Nunez Church 
to discover that they have many sympathizers in the 
area. Many neighbors expressed their amazement and 
surprise that anyone would act so rudely. Apparently, 
a full appreciation of this Bible wasn't realized until 
it was taken away from there, for many of the peo- 
ple now have a greater interest in the Word of God. 
As the old saying goes, "There is no evil that does 
not come for good." Rob Byler, then closes his ar- 
ticle in this attractive paper with the quotation from 
St. Paul, All things work together for good to them 
that love God, to them who are called according to 
his purpose (Romans 8:28). 




Outside the Nunez Church in Buenos Aires, Argentina 



PRESENT MEMBERSHIP IN THE TEN DOLLAR CLUB IS 1273 AS 
COMPARED TO 1244 ON JULY 1. 1963 



February 22, 1964 



Page Seventeen 




DURING the General Conference 
of the Brethren Church in 
1963, Mrs. Dwight L. Miller was 
appointed as a Woman's Missionary- 
Society's representative to the Mis- 
sionary Board. Her past enthusiasm 
for dedicated service to the church 
and other community organiza- 
tions, promises a loyal devotion to 
the mission program and the 
board's functions. This new board 
member will serve on the Mission- 
ary Home Committee this year. 

Since her early youth she has 
had an active membership in 
church and in 1939 became a mem- 
ber of the Smithville Brethren 
Church in Ohio. This active woman 
has worked with youth for twenty 



MRS. DWBGHT L MILLER 



years, taught Sunday School for 
ten years and gave the same num- 
ber of years to the Sisterhood of 
Mary and Martha, serving as Pat- 
roness. The Ohio and Indiana 
Brethren Camps have been fortu- 
nate to have her as a teacher and 
Jean has assisted the new Massillon 
church by directing Daily Vacation 
Bible School for three years. 

This new board member, residing 
in Smithville with her husband, 
Dwight, enjoys calling on the shut- 
ins, creating in ceramics and oper- 
ating a home sewing service. They 
have three daughters, Mrs. Marlin 
McCann, Mrs. Larry Weidenhamer, 
and Mrs. James Hile and take great 
delight in their seven grandchil- 
dren. 





(W«iSK!«W;J'«d«' 'J' ^'.-^foii:. , ' 



'; "' v>. . !; ' "'!\"-Y'''!-,'*,-&'i" 



Present TEN DOLLAR CLUB call is for 



the Wabash First Brethren Church in Indiana 





THE MISSIONARY BOARD 

of the 
BRETHREN CHURCH 

will hold its winter meeting 

MARCH 9-11 

at the Missionary Board offices 



Executive Meeting — 3 P. M. Monday 
Full Board —7 P.M. Monday 

ALL MEMBERS plan now to attend 



Page Eighteen 



The Brethren Evangelist 




BOYS OF THE BIBLE: 



ISHMAEL, THE ARCHER 



by REV. C. Y. GILMER 



THE WORD ISHMAEL means "God will hear." 
Ishmael was the oldest son of Abraham, and was 
born of Hagar, an Egyptian, the maid of Sarah, Abra- 
ham's wife (Gen. 16:15, 16). Sarah did wrong (vs. 5) 
when she gave Hagar to be Abraham's wife in order 
to obtain God's promised heir to Abraham and Sarah. 
Her sin created an ill-will problem that has caused 
trouble from that day until the present time. Abra- 
ham was eighty-six years of age when Ishmael was 
born, which was fourteen years before the birth of 
Isaac, who was the true child of God's promise. Nev- 
ertheless, God made a promise to Abraham respect- 
ing Ishmael: Behold, I have blessed him, and will 
make him fruitful, and lolll multiply him exceed- 
ingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I ivill make 
him a great nation. But my covenant will I establish 
with Isaac . . . 

At first Abraham hoped and prayed that Ishmael 
would be the heir of promise, saying unto God, O that 
Ishmael might live before Thee. Abraham had a great 
affection for Ishmael. When the festivities of the 
weaning time of Isaac came, Ishmael was between 
fifteen and sixteen years of age. Upon this occasion 
Ishmael was so angered in his bitter disappointment 
in not being the true heir of God's covenant that he 
made insulting remarks of mockery. Sarah was so 
sensitive about Ishmael's deportment that she said 
to Abraham, Cast out this bond-woman and her son; 
for the son of this bond-woman shall not be heir 
with my son, even with Isaac. 

Grieved at Sarah's demand, Abraham would not 
comply until influenced by divine warning. Hagar's 
departure with the lad is a touching picture. It is 
recorded: And Abraham rose up early in the morning, 
and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it 
unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, 
and sent her away; and she departed and loandered 
in the luilderness of Beersheba. And the water loas 
spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one 



of the shrubs. And she went and sat her down over 
against him a good way off, as it loere a bowshot: 
for she said. Let me not see the death of the child. 
And she sat over against him, and lifted up her voice 
and wept. 

Then the Lord appeared to Hagar, opened her eyes, 
and she saw a well of water, and thus saved the life 
of the lad. Again the cheering promise was renewed 
to her of her son, / will make him a great nation. 
The miraculously spared lad "grew and dwelt in the 
wilderness (Paran) AND BECAME AN ARCHER." His 
Egyptian mother took him an Egyptian wife, and 
Ishmael became the father of twelve sons and one 
daughter. 

Ishmael was present with Isaac at the burial of 
Abraham (Gen. 25:9) . We are told that Esau, a grand- 
son of Abraham, married Maholoth, the daughter of 
Ishmael. Esau was a great hunter which may ac- 
count for his becoming the son-in-law of Ishmael 
(Gen. 28:9). The characteristics of these two men 
were much alike as both appear to have been wild 
and wayward in childhood, and both enjoyed the 
freedom of desert life. Both were disappointed heir- 
apparent sons of great chiefs, which served to make 
them impatient of restraint and overbearing in 
temper. (Can you recall how angry Esau was with 
Jacob?) Both men had the necessity of earning a 
scanty living by the sword and bow, which naturally 
wounded their proud spirits. This made Ishmael just 
what the angel had predicted, A wild man; his hand 
loill be against every man, and every man's hand 
against him. His descendants, the Arabs, live in the 
Arabian peninsula and have spread into southern 
Asia and northern Africa. 

Archery, now largely a sport, was until the inven- 
tion of gun powder, a necessity in hunting of game 
and in warfare. So the bow and arrow are weapons 
of very ancient origin. Archers were very numerous 
among the Hebrews, especially in the tribes of Ben- 



February 22, 1964 



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jamin and Ephraim. The same is true of the Egyp- 
tians, Babylonians and Persians. 

Should any of our dear readers happen to be a 
modern shooter of the bow they may well remember 
the lines of America's household poet: 
"I shot an arrow into the air, 
It fell to earth, I knew not where; 
For so swiftly it flew, the sight 
Could not follow it in its flight . . . 
Long, long afterward in an oak 
I found the arrow still unbroke . . ." 



The Parson's Corner 

Rev. Albeit T. Ronk 





justice must be tempered with mercy and indwelt 
when unfit for divine indwelling. This is all con- 
densed in the Apostle John's statement, that, "God 
so loved . . ." 

"The well is deep," said the woman of Samaria. 
The well of Sychar was deep and it had taken un- 
told labor by Jacob and his sons to pierce the rock 
until it became a well. But it only produced water for 
temporary refreshment. Jesus opened the well of 
infinite depth, and perpetually springing water of 
life. Jesus and the woman used two different words 
for well. The woman's word was a humanly dug well 
— Jesus' "well of water" was a gushing spring. 

The source of victorious life is the gushing spring. 
The ethical stream outflows in the believer's atti- 
tudes and conduct. 



THE SOURCE OF VICTORIOUS LIFE 

npHERE IS DANGER in setting up a code of ethics. 
1 Ethical codes lean toward legalism. This par- 
son is fearful lest his dealing with Christian Ethics 
in the last few months may smack of a legalistic ap- 
proach. The purpose has been to point to practical 
methods and habits of spiritual fruitbearing. Let it 
be remembered that Paul set forth the ethics of a 
faithful believer's conduct as the inherent fruit of 
being led by the Spirit. His yield of "love, joy, peace, 
longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meek- 
ness, self-control," is the vintage of "abiding in the 
vine." 

Life in "The Vine" comes to the believer by en- 
grafting. The grafting into the root stock is done by 
God Himself into His incarnate Son. Jesus said, 
"Every branch in me . . ." In a grafting sequence, 
a scion is cut from its parent stock. Its natural end 
is to wither and die. To live it must have sap. When 
it is joined to the sap supplying tissues of a host 
plant, its life is given back to it if it is compatible. 
The host plant must receive the graft and supply 
the life flow. That is grace pure and simple. Out- 
side hands must apply the graft, and the life is given. 

The outflow of acceptable social relationships among 
the saints issues from the wellsprings of grace. The 
saint not only receives his salvation and justification 
thereby, but also his ability to function as a saint 
in the household of faith. Being precedes action. 
James adds it all up by saying, "But he giveth more 
grace." The circumstance that called forth the state- 
ment was in reference to the fact that those to whom 
he wrote were guilty of lust, covetousness, quarreling 
and fighting with hatred to the point of murder. 
Then James puts his finger on the secret of the 
whole mess. They were fence straddlers. They wanted 
the name of behevers but walked in the ways of the 
world. Therefore they must receive the more grace 
in order to "grow in grace" and become "good 
stewards of the manifold grace of God" as Peter sug- 
gests (I Peter 4:10). "Oh to grace, how great a debtor, 
daily I'm constrained to be." 

But what is this grace? We are not studying the 
doctrine of grace here but taking a look at the source 
of victorious life. Yet, it might refresh us to remem- 
ber that in simple, grace is being loved when un- 
lovable, accepted when unacceptable, forgiven when 



NEWS FROM LOCAL 

LAYMAN ORGANIZATIONS 

THIRD CHURCH 
Johnstown, Penna. 

THIRD BRETHREN men are meeting regularly and 
having commendable turnouts. Our "men's 
nights" for December and January just past saw good 
interest. Both meetings featured excellent color slide 
travelogues by Mrs. Harold Baer and Jack Gates. 
Interesting Bible discussion periods are held and 
we try to follow, to some degree, the topical outline 
as given by Mr. Norris on our laymen pages. 

Our "public service" was held on February 9 and 
we had an outstanding E. U. B. layman of our town, 
Mr. Chalmers Bell, as the speaker. The male chorus 
of the church sang several numbers. In February, we 
have our Father and Son Banquet scheduled, which 
is always a fine event. Our men are looking forward 
to serving Easter breakfast to the congregation, which 
will follow a sunrise service. 

Ray Grumbling 
Assistant Secretary 



M 



MEMORIAL 
Mr. Walter Cushen 

R. WALTER CUSHEN, a member of the 
Hagerstown Brethren Church, passed to 
the Eternal Life on Wednesday morning, De- 
cember 18, 1963. He was an active and faith- 
ful member of the Laymen's Organization. At 
the time of his passing, he was Financial Sec- 
retary and a member of the Deacon Board, Of- 
ficial Board and the Men's Bible Class. Mr. 
Cushen was a very wonderful person, faithful 
to his church and an inspiration to all who 
knew him. 

Roland G. Stoddard 

Secretary 



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MRS. CHARLES R. MUNSON 



Gleanings from the Southeast District 

Woman's Missionary Societies 



VANDERGRIFT, PA. "The W. M. 
S. of Pleasant View Brethren 
Church had their public service on 
Sunday evening, November 3, 1963. 
We were privileged to have Mrs. 
Harvey Amstutz as our speaker. She 
presented her impressions on our 
missions in Argentina. The evening 
was a very profitable spiritual ex- 
perience." 

Mrs. Virginia Godwin 



SAINT JAMES, MD. (Ruth and 
Naomi Circle) "Although we are 
newly formed, three meetings old, 
we have proudly accomplished sev- 
eral of our goals, among which are 
packages to Lost Creek and Kryp- 
ton and three new pastel blankets 
for the Flora, Indiana, home. Some 
of the circle projects now under- 
way are: collection of canned food 



for a local children's mission, col- 
lecting bandages for Lassa and 
Waka, and reading or general all- 
round usefulness in a new nursing 
home in the vicinity, and planning 
a special Christmas program to 
which the number one W. M. S. cir- 
cle will be invited. We have many 
and varied goals for our group and 
we know that by working hand- 
in-hand with the Lord, these goals 
can become a reality." 

Mrs. Ellen Mullenix 



In the November 23, 1963, issue, 
we included in our news a report 
from Ashland Group II, with the 
idea that others who may be hav- 
ing difficulty reaching their goals 
will find some help here and we 
can have more Honor Societies next 
conference. This news page isn't for 



reporting names in the news as! 
much as it is to give ideas for lo-i 

cal programming. ! 

* * * ' 

HAGERSTOWN, MD. Hagerstownj 
reports their monthly meetings ini 
the local newspaper and the ar-' 
tides are cut out and sent to thisi 
office. A few of the highlights are| 
as follows: The new W. M. S. year! 
was opened with a supper meeting 
using the theme "Approved Unto 
God, Builders for Him." An all day 
bandage rolling for Nigeria where 
Jean (Heck) Shank, a local girl,: 
is serving in the mission field and 
Beatrice (King) Bischof, whose fa- 
ther was pastor at nearby St. James, 
also is serving. While some women 
rolled bandages, others packed 
boxes for Krypton, Kentucky, where 
Miss Margaret Lowery, also of St. 
James, is a missionary. 



TUCSON, TEMPE RALLY 

WE MAY NOT be a part of any District, but that 
does not keep us from getting together for a 
Rally. I am speaking of the Tucson and Tempe group 
of Woman's Missionary Societies. 

On October 19, twenty-three ladies met at Casa 
Grande, Arizona, approximately halfway between 
Tucson and Phoenix, at the Western Sundown Motel 
for a luncheon and a very nice program. The Tucson 
ladies led the devotions while the Tempe group had 
the program. 

Our speaker for the afternoon was Mrs. Kenneth 
Ewers from Phoenix, who, with her husband. Rev. 
Ewers, does a tremendous job in serving the Apache 
Indians in the San Carlos Reservation not too far 
from Phoenix. 



Mrs. Ewers also brought with her an Apache woman 
who acts as her interpreter. Lola Hunter told of her 
association with Mrs. Ewers and of her love for God. 
It certainly was an inspiring testimony. : 

If other societies are looking for a place to put; 
your extra pennies, keep in mind these unfortunate; 
people. There is a definite need for both the physical! 
and spiritual help among them. They need our prayers' 
above all. At Christmas time, we at Tempe collect; 
clothing and bedding to distribute among them. Itl 
gets pretty chilly on the Reservation at night and theyi 
need warm sweaters and coats. For some time wel 
have supplied flour and hominy for Mrs. Ewers to! 
use on Sunday mornings when she serves a hot break-; 
fast to as many as fifteen Apaches. They crave fresh 
fruit so we send them grapefruit and oranges since: 
they are plentiful here in the valley. 

But to get back to the Rally report, we were for- 
tunate in another way. Mrs. Kenneth Solomon andi 



February 22, 1964 



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her mother, Mrs. Arthur DeLozier, were with us for 
lunch. Here we had representatives from both Foreign 
and Home Mission Fields. We really had a nice day, 
and by mutual consent, voted to continue meeting 
twice a year, March and October, at the same place 
because it is convenient to both cities. We hope to 
increase our attendance each time. It is good fellow- 
ship and we are fortunate that we may obtain any 
number of good speakers. Everyone leaves each time 
with the zeal to really get out and work for the Lord. 

Kay Dunn 
President 



CENTRAL DISTRICT 
W. M.S. OFFICERS 





PICTURED here are the 1963-64 officers of the 
Central District Woman's Missionary Society. 
They are (from left to right) : Mrs. Helen Mc- 
Donald, S. M. M. Patroness from Cerro Gordo, Illi- 
nois; Mrs. Harlan Hollewell, President from Milledge- 
ville, Illinois; Mrs. Abe Glessner, Secretary-Treasurer 
from Waterloo, Iowa; Mrs. Virginia Law, Vice Presi- 
dent from Lanark, Illinois. Mrs. Marijane DeVeny, 
Assistant S. M. M. Patroness from Waterloo, Iowa, is 
not pictured here. 



We Have Been Around 
ALBERT RONK 

WHERE ARE YOU NOW? Where are you going? 
What are you doing? And such questions have 
come to this writer by phone, mail and face to face. 
For you who are interested, here is a brief account 
of the last year and a half. The rest of you may just 
turn the page. 

After General Conference of 1962, work was be- 
gun on the guidebook for church leaders. Moderator 
Virgil Ingraham had recommended in his moderator's 
address that, "The Book and Pamphlet Commission, 
in cooperation with the Central Planning and Co- 
ordinating Committee (now the Central Council) pre- 
pare a handbook for local church leaders. . ." A joint 
meeting of the two groups rested the responsibility 
of action on the Book and Pamphlet Commission. 



This writer, as chairman of the Commission, took it 
from there. 

Letters were sent to all members of both groups 
of the assignment asking for their opinions relative 
to the contents of the proposed guidebook. Study 
of the project began at once and continued during 
September and two preaching missions through Oc- 
tober at Brush Valley and Vinco, Pennsylvania. Data 
was gathered, and notes made from the repUes to 
the letters of inquiry, conversations and much brain- 
wracking. Actual outlining of the book did not start 
until November. 

When just well started on the project, an urgent 
letter came from the Tucson church to help them 
out as interim minister until a permanent pastor could 
reach the field. We knew how the double activity 
of the guidebook project and the church work would 
be complicated but we decided to go. Mom and I 
packed all of the duffel possible in our car and headed 
for Arizona on January first, 1963. Brice Puterbaugh 
of the Tucson church said he didn't know how a car 
could carry so much stuff. During the eight months 
in Tucson we camped in the Manse which members 
of the congregation had furnished for our comfort 
from their homes. 

Then we settled down to the grind. We hope the 
Tucson church did not suffer too much from our 
divided attention. There were long hours at the desk 
and typewriter in the combined work. The calling 
program suffered but we did have our regular Sun- 
day worship programs, mid-week Bible study and a 
good intermingling of other activities. 

We made progress on the guidebooli with all of the 
interruptions. A community wide evangelistic meet- 
ing had been contracted for in Illinois months ahead. 
I could not cancel so I flew there the first of March 
for that. Then the necessary Easter program was fol- 
lowed by a flight to Ashland for the spring meeting 
of the Central Council. 

We held up pretty well under the pressure until 
hot weather hit Arizona. Then I began to drag my 
heels. By General Conference time, and the drive to 
Ashland, my tongue was hanging out like a red neck- 
tie. I know that the things we all least like to hear 
about is other people's aches and pains, so let this 
conclude the recital, that we are both well rested 
and up and at 'em again. 

The guidebook is finished. Copy will be with the 
printers in February. More will be said about the 
project in the next few weeks. Meanwhile, we are at 
our home in Cedar Falls this winter. We are just 
whetting our appetite for the next project and sharp- 
ening our lead pencils. What lies ahead we rest with 
the Lord. We pray to be useful as long as possible and 
then home to be with the Lord. 



DOING HIS BEST 

At the close of a meeting a cynic approached Mr. 
Moody and said, "Mr. Moody, during your address 
this evening I counted eighteen mistakes in your 
English." 

Looking kindly at his critic, Mr. Moody said, "Young 
man, I am using for the glory of God all the gram- 
mar I know. Are you doing the same?" 

— Sunday School Times. 



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NORTH GEORGETOWN, OHIO. ReV. 

Jerald RadclifE reports that three 
people were baptized on Sunday, 
February 2, and were received in- 
to the church on Sunday, February 
9. 

Brother Radcliff will be ending 
his pastorate at this church tno 
last of February and will be moving 
to Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where 
he will be pastor of the Third 
Brethren Church. 



COMING EVENTS 

MAssiLLON, OHIO. Pre-Easter ser- 
vices, March 22-29 (Palm Sunday 
through Easter Sunday) . Con- 
ducted by the pastor. Rev. J. G. 






Dodds; devotions by Lay Preacher, 
Paul McGraw. 

MEXICO, INDIANA. Rcvlval serviccs, 
March 30 through April 5, includ- 
ing Saturday evening. Rev. Ken- 
neth Howard of Fort Scott, Kansas, 
will be the evangelist. Rev. Floyd 
Sitaert, pastor. 

NEW PARIS, INDIANA. Spring Re- 
vival Services, March 9 through 15. 
Rev. William Skeldon of Hunting- 
ton, Indiana, will be the evangelist. 
Rev. Glen Traver, pastor. 

TEMPE, ARIZONA (PAPAGO PARK) . Re- 
vival services, February 23 through 
March 1, Rev. Clarence Stogsdill, 
evangelist; Rev. C. A. Stewart, pas- 
tor. 



MANTECA, CALIFORNIA. Rcvival Ser- 
vices, March 2-15. Rev. Woodrow 
B. Brant of Clovis, New Mexico, 
will be the evangelist. Rev. Alvin 
Grumbling, pastor. 



Memorials 

STRAIT. Floyd Strait passed 
away on February 3 at the age of 
85. He had been a long time mem- 
ber of the Quiet Dell, West Vir- 
ginia, Brethren Church. 

His funeral was conducted by 
Rev. Cecil Bolton, Jr., on Thursday, 
February 6. Burial was in the Slon- 
aker Cemetery. 

Rev. Cecil Bolton, Jr. 



THAT RAIN 

Honestly now, the rain that kept 
you from going to church was not 
a bit wetter than the one that 
soaked you on the way to the place 
of employment. 



God does not save people just to get 

them to heaven, 
He saves them for a purpose. 

— C. Warren Jones 



Progress Reports 

from 
Brethren Churches 



GRETNA. OHIO 



THE TWO YEARS and two months since our mov- 
ing to this rural church HAVE BEEN DELIGHT- 
FUL years in our ministry. We are really in the 
country and are enjoying some very wonderful sun- 
sets as well as the beautiful snow drifts of this time 
of the year. We were able to break all previous Sun- 
day School records in 1963 with an average of 97. 
This church, like many rural churches, had an up- 
hill pull during most of her existence. The average 
attendance from 1905 to 1951 was only 32. Since 1951 
to the present, it has been 73. There were some years 
in her early history when the average was only 19. 
But thanks to those who hung on with the work, the 
average has grown to 97 in 1963. 

The work really began to climb under Rev. George 
Solomon's ministry when a Sunday School annex 
was added. I suppose many at that time felt they did 
not need this addition, but it meant the beginning 



of a new surge in the membership and attendance. 
We are now in a position that we will soon need more 
room to care for our growing Sunday School. 

The membership of the church was down to 33 in 
1950. Following is the membership since: 53, 59, 58, 
61, 65, 64, 71, 80, 100, 104, 109, 112, 116 and the pres- 
ent of 121. This has not been a large growth but good 
for a small rural community in which the farmers 
are pretty much settled in their church membership. 

In 1962, the new parsonage was dedicated. Only 
$3,000 remains and it is being met with payments of 
$1,000 each year. In 1966, we will celebrate our 75th 
anniversary. We hope by then we will be almost free 
of debt. The membership is made up mostly of younger 
members, only three or four being older than 70. 

We have given to all the special benevolent offer- 
ings, but the largest contribution has been made to 
Home Missions, having reached over $1,000 this past 
year. 

In June, yours truly, if the Lord spares his life 
until then, will have completed forty-two years of 
continuous ministry as a pastor without a break. Only 
one Sunday of those years was missed because of 
sickness. I have also been able to attend every National 
Conference during this time. I have had the joy of 
receiving 1106 members into the Brethren Church. 
It is my prayer that we may add yet others to this 
list. Pray for our work here that we may be faith- 
ful and serve the Lord in an acceptable way until 
He comes to receive His Church. 

L. V. King, Pastor 



February 22, 1964 

SUNSHINE . . 

SHADOW . . . 

by BRIAN SURER 



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and CANCER 



WHEN THE DOCTOR told me I had cancer, it 
was as if the world had caved in on me. 

At age 25 I had everything ahead of me. Everyone 
predicted great things for me and my future couldn't 
have been rosier. I was already a veteran of more 
than a decade in the newspaper business. I was a 
writer and producer for television; I had worked 
as a magazine writer and editor; my first book, Gen- 
eration in a Rut, had been published. 

I had traveled widely, covered major news events 
in sports, motion pictures, and politics. I had handled 
congressional political campaigns and was on first 
name basis with many celebrities. I knew the peo- 
ple you were supposed to know to get to the top. 

With the world waiting for me, and no place to 
go but up, I was told that I had cancer. The doctors 
said the disease had spread considerably and my 
chances were slim. 

It may sound strange, but this cancer, with all its 
pain and related symptoms, has been the greatest 
experience of my life. It has brought me to the point 
of total commitment to Christ. As strange as it may 
seem, by facing death I learned the meaning of life. 

I was raised in a Christian home where my brothers 
and I were faithfully taught the meaning of salva- 
tion through belief in Jesus Christ. I accepted Christ 
as my Saviour when I was a high-school student. 
Christ became my Saviour, but He didn't become my 
Master. I never reached the place of total commit- 
ment — that time in my life when I truly put my- 
self in God's hands to await His every command and 
to follow Him. Because He didn't have my life, in 
due time and without much struggle, the world did. 
The lures of the world — the glamor and fame — be- 
came my god. Then came cancer. 

During my illness I have had much time to think. 
I asked myself the question of James 4:14, "What 
is your life?" and God provided the answer: "It is 
even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and 
then vanisheth away." 

As a teen-ager I used to carry a bookmark in my 
Bible that said, "Only one life, 'twill soon be past, 



only what's done for Christ will last." Tomorrow al- 
ways seemed like a better time for Christ and His 
service. I know now that although there may not 
be a tomorrow here, praise God, there will always 
be a tomorrow with Him. 

What is life? The Apostle Paul said, For 7ne to live 
is Christ, and to die is gain (Phil. 1:21). This, to me, 
is what life is all about. The life placed in the hands 
of a perfect and loving God can only know joy and 
happiness. It may not be our old-style happiness, 
but it is definitely a peace that passes all understand- 
ing (Phil. 4:7). Even with a cancer-filled body, I am 
experiencing a joy and peace far greater than any- 
thing I ever thought possible. Fame, fortune, and 
my great career suddenly seem very unimportant 
to me. I praise God that my life is now centered around 
the statement of John 3:30, He must increase, but I 
must decrease. 

Several verses from God's Word have become espe- 
cially dear to me in recent months. One is I Thes- 
salonians 5:18: In every thing give thanks: for this 
is the loill of God in Christ Jesus cojicerning you. 
When I was still able to go to work, I would look at 
that verse every morning before leaving the house. 
When you consider all it means, how can you do 
anything else but praise our great and mighty God? 

In one of Dr. V. Raymond Edman's books he says, 
"The trial of faith provides the discipline of dark- 
ness for God's child, that he may learn to trust his 
Father in the shadow as well as in the sunshine." 
What a blessing to know that He is there waiting to 
be trusted. I can only pray: "Lord, whatever time 
on earth you now give me, may it count for Thee. 
May Christ be glorified in everything I do." 

Were it not for the cancer and the subsequent time 
it gave me to think, I might have gone home to face 
my Lord with an empty record — and an empty life. 

This is what life now means to me. The same God 
and the same promises await you, too. All that's 
needed is to claim them. 

(The author died in 7nzd-1963, shortly before his 
story loas published in tract form by The American 
Tract Society, Oradell, N.J.) 



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In this Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: "The Lenten Season" 3 

News from the Brethren 4 

Memorials 4 

Coming Events 4 

Sisterhood 5 

Progress Reports from Brethren Churches . . 6 

Sunday School Suggestions 6 

Book Reviews 7 

The Moderator's Address^Northern California 
District Conference: "Step by Step" by 

Rev. Alvin Grumbling 8 

Missionary Board 12 

The Brethren Youth 14 

Children's Devotions — March 8-14 16 

Daily Devotions — March 8-14 17 

Spiritual Meditations 18 

Sunday School Lesson Comments 19 



NOTES and COMMENTS 

What to Give Up for Lent 

Give up grumbling. . .instead. . ."in everything 
give thanks." 

Give up 10 to 15 minutes in bed. . .instead. . . 
use time in prayer. 

Give up looking at people's worst points... 
instead... concentrate on their best ones. 

Give up speaking unkindly. . .instead. . .let 
your speech be generous and understanding. 

Give up your worries. . .instead. . .trust God 
with them. 

Give up hatred or dislike for anyone. . .instead 
. . .learn to love. 

Give up fear which prevents Christian witness 
.. .instead. . .seek courage to speak to others. 

Give up Sunday newspapers. . .instead. . .study 
your Bible. 

Give up one evening a week of doing as you 
please. . .instead. . .visit some lonely or sick 
person. j 

Give up buying anything but essentials for ' 
yourself . . . instead . . . give the money to God's 
work. 

Give up judging by appearances and by the 
standards of the world ... instead ... learn to 
judge righteous judgment. 

Give up yourself — to God. 



NORTHERN INDIANA DISTRICT 
LAYMEN'S RALLY 

First- Brethren Church 
Elkhart, Indiana 

MARCH 2, 1964 

Speaker: KEN ANDERSON 

Winona Lake, Indiana 

Special Music: 

Christian Heirs Men's Quartet 
Ellthart, Indiana 

— Roderick N. Rodkey 



SERMON WITHOUT WORDS 

Mildred Allen Jeffery 
Big Bill was humble and quiet 
And very slow of speech. 
But he touched the hearts of several 
His pastor couldn't reach — 
Because he lived the sermon 
He knew he couldn't preach. 

— Moody Monthly. 

Ashland College Gospel Teams 19 

The Brethren Layman 

(Boys' Brotherhood Program Materials 
for March) 20 

Prayer Meeting Bible Study 22 

The Hymn School 
"O Sacred Head, Now Wounded" 23 



February 29, 1964 



Page Three 




the 

editor's 

editorial 



WE ARE NOW IN THE MIDST of the Lenten 
season; a time of spiritual meditation and 
"sacrifice" forty days before Easter. The his- 
tory of this event is quite interesting. 

The name appears in Middle English as Lenten, 
which goes back to Anglo-Saxon lender, "spring." 
It really is a fast and the duration has varied 
from century to century; in fact, traces of the 
ancient variations in the length of the season 
still appear in the Roman Catholic practice of 
beginning to wear vestments of violet, the Lenten 
color of mourning, and to omit from the services 
the Alleluia as an ejaculation of joy. 

Abstinence from eating and drinking before 
religious rites springs from an old and wide- 
spread belief that with food demons enter into 
the body of man; hence he who wishes to have 
communion with God, must be abstemious in or- 
der to become a pure vessel of the Spirit. 

The first clear evidence of the custom of fast- 
ing or Lent before Easter occurs in the second 
century. Here only the day before was observed 
as a fast-day, then two or more days ; others again 
fasted for forty hours. Appeal was made to Mat- 
thew 9:15 and this fast was regarded as a sacred 
obligation of every Christian. On the basis of this 
Scripture, fasting seems to have been made co- 
extensive with the time of Christ's resting in 
the grave. 

In the course of the third century, the fast was 
extended to the six days of Holy Week with the 
last two days having a more strict time of fast- 
ing. 

At the beginning of the fourth century, in 
the time of the great persecution, the forty 
days' fast was introduced, on the analogy of the 
forty days' fast of Jesus, of Moses and of Elijah. 
At the end of the fourth century, all other cus- 



Lenten 
Season 



toms of fasting seemed to disappear and the forty 
days' fasting became the universal Lenten season. 

In the seventh century, the fast was made to 
begin with the Wednesday after Quinquagesima 
(fiftieth day before Easter) or Ash Wednesday. 

It has come to mean in certain circles, the time 
that there is denial of certain pleasures, food and 
drink. Of course, meat is left off the menu. For 
the younger set, it means giving up candy, cokes, 
movies and other such items. It has come to mean 
this and nothing more! 

There is no real Scriptural basis for this sea- 
son, however, as Christians, we should take ad- 
vantage of the time and spend it in renewed dedi- 
cation to our Lord. This could be a time of more 
Bible study; it could be a time of more medita- 
tion; it could be a time of a deeper prayer life; 
it could be a time of consecration. And let us 
not forget the intent of this season in its begin- 
nings, a time of fasting. We have lost this art 
in our churches today, very seldom we hear the 
word mentioned. 

It is good for a church to declare a day of fast- 
ing now and then, at which time certain prayer 
concerns could be placed before the Throne of 
Grace. I can remember in the church that I at- 
tended while a mere lad that they had days of 
fasting before special services and many of the 
members participated. Such days brought forth 
results! We need to forget self and concentrate 
on the needs of others. There are certain condi- 
tions in America that need our attention as Chris- 
tians; the world in all of her unrest needs Chris- 
tian people who are willing to sacrifice a little 
physical comfort for its well-being. 

The Lenten season, then, is more than "giving 
up" of some trifle pleasure; it is true dedication 
to Christ, our Risen Lord ! S. G. 




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SARASOTA, FLORIDA. RCV. J. D. 

Hamel reports the reception of 
eleven new members into the fel- 
lowship of the church; ten by bap- 
tism and one by letter. 

The church now has two worship 
services on Sunday morning: one 
at 8:30 and another at 10:30. 

ST. JAMES, MARYLAND. ReV. Jim 

Rowsey reports that five people 
were baptized and received into the 
membership of the church on Feb- 
ruary 9. 

The Sunday School has entered 
the International March to Sun- 
day School in March contest which 
is sponsored by the National Sun- 
day School Association. 

LEVITTOWN, PA. ( FAIRLESS HILLS). 

Rev. Robert Keplinger reports that 
three new members were received 
into the church recently; two by 
baptism and one by transfer of 
letter. 

On February 9, 135 were in at- 
tendance in Sunday School which 
was the highest regular attendance 
to date. 

NORTH GEORGETOWN, OHIO. ReV. 

Jerald RadclifT reports the ordina- 
tion of two deacons and two dea- 
conesses on Sunday, February 16, 
at an evening service. Rev. George 
Solomon, District Evangelist, Louis- 
ville, Ohio, was the guest speaker. 



COMING EVENTS 

SARASOTA, FLORIDA. "This Is the 
Life!" series — March 15-20. Dr. 
Phillip Newell of Moody Bible In- 
stitute will be the guest speaker; 
Rev. J. D. Hamel, pastor. 

WAYNESBORO, PA. ( WAYNE HEIGHTS ) . 

Pre-Easter services — March 25-27. 
Rev. Spencer Gentle, guest speaker; 
Rev. Marlin McCann, pastor. 

GRATIS, OHIO. Revival — March 15- 
21. Rev. James R. Black, evangelist; 
Rev. Thomas A. Schultz, pastor. 

BRYAN, OHIO. Spring Revival — 
March 1-13. Rev. Herbert Gilmer, 
evangelist; Rev. Smith Rose, pastor. 






SOUTH BEND, iND. (ardmore). Evan- 
gelistic meetings — March 3-13. Rev. 
Samuel Byler, evangelist; Rev. C. 
Wra. Cole, pastor. 

TiosA, IND. Special services — 
March 2-8. Rev. Phil Lersch, guest 
speaker; Rev. Amos Mast, pastor. 



PENNSYLVANIA DISTRICT 

SUNDAY SCHOOL BOARD 

WORKSHOP 

The Pennsylvania District Sun- 
day School Board is sponsoring a 
workshop at the First Brethren 
Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 
on Sunday, April 26. The workshop 
will begin at 3:30 in the afternoon 
and continue through 8:30 in the 
evening. 



PASTOR WANTED 

The First Brethren Church of 
Roanoke, Indiana, will be in need 
of a pastor after June 1, 1964. In- 
terested persons please contact: 
Miss Jane Zent 
Roanoke, Indiana. 

The Center Chapel Brethren 
Church of Peru, Indiana, will be 
in need of a pastor as of October 
1, 1964. Any interested person is to 
correspond with: 

C. R. Betzner 

Route 2 

Peru, Indiana 



Memorials 



LEMASTER. Mrs. Olive F. Le- 
master, age 93, of Bunker Hill, In- 
diana, passed away on December 
11, 1983. Her services were con- 
ducted by the undersigned on Sat- 
urday, December 14, at the Loree 
First Brethren Church. She had 
been a member of this church for 
many years. Interment was in the 
Clymers Cemetery. 

Rev. W. E. Thomas 



HAZLETT. Mrs. Mary Elizabeth 
Hazlett, age 90, passed away on 
October 28, 1963. She was a mem- 1 
ber of the Park St. Brethren 
Church, Ashland, Ohio, and at- | 
tended the Mansfield and Smith- ! 
ville churches while residing there, j 

Her husband was a member of 
the Ashland College faculty and 
also a minister in the Brethren 
Church. 

Her funeral was conducted in 
Wooster, Ohio, and interment in 
the Ashland Cemetery. 

Rev. Donald Rowser 



Pope Paul 
entered Jerusalem here 




THE ABOVE snapshot was taken 
by Rev. Delbert B. Flora just 
before Pope Paul VI entered Je- 
rusalem. This is the entrance to '[ 
the city at the Damascus Gate in 
the north wall of Jerusalem. People i 
come down a considerable slope, 
then down a series of very wide , 
steps, and into the archway where | 
they turn left at right angles and ! 
again right to get into the city, i 

The big doors were slammed shut ] 
when the army and police finally i 
got Pope Paul into the gateway. I 
About 5,000 people were jammed ! 
together outside, and the narrow j 
streets inside were packed. The j 
army had to "bulldoze" its way 
through. j 

The two pictures hanging in the j 
arch of the gate are, of course, | 
of the Pope on the left, and King ; 
Hussein of Jordan on the right. 



February 29, 1964 



Page Five 




A SISTERHOOD SCHOLARSHIP 
FOR YOU 



ARE YOU PLANNING to attend 
Ashland College this fall? If 
so, there is a Sisterhood scholarship 
for you. If you are not quite sure, 
perhaps this is the encouragement 
you need to start you thinking 
about it. A scholarship was set up 
in honor of Myrtle Mae Snyder, a 
Sisterhood girl who gave her life 
in Africa as a pioneer missionary, 
in order to help young girls with 
the expense of a college education. 
The amount of the scholarship is 
one hundred and fifty dollars 
($150) and can be apphed to your 
tuition either semester. 

In past years only two or three 
girls have applied although we 
know many more were eligible. We 
would like to have many applica- 
tions this year. The only stipula- 
tions are that you be a freshman, 
enroll in a regular course, and plan 
to complete an entire course at 
Ashland College. 

The recipient of the scholarship 
will be chosen by the National 
Board, which consists of the Na- 
tional officers and two representa- 
tives from each district, with the 
approval of President Clayton. The 
scholarship will be awarded on the 
basis of service in Sisterhood work, 
financial need, work in the church. 



and your high school record. 

If you have any hopes at all of 
coming to Ashland College this fall, 
send for an application now. Write 
to Kay Albright, 745 Bayton St., 
Alliance, Ohio. Your completed ap- 
plication blank must be returned 



to me by May 1. Don't put this off, 
but do it right away. 

And don't think you haven't got 
a chance. That's the way I felt 
when I applied three years ago and 
yet I was fortunate to receive it. 
You just apply! 



LAST YEAR'S RECIPIENT 
WRITES . . . 



Dear Sisterhood Girls, 

I would like to express publicly 
my sincere gratitude and appre- 
ciation for the scholarship given 
to me by the Sisterhood of Mary 
and Martha at National Conference 
in August of 1963. 

During my high school days, col- 
lege, financially, was impossible. 
Many times God causes problems 
such as these to test our faith in 
Him. We must never forget that He 
is working all out so that we will 
never have to fear. We must al- 
ways trust Him. Many times I got 
discouraged, but He always carried 
through. Step by step God re- 
vealed His plan and showed me 
the way in which it would be pos- 



sible to attend Ashland College. 
This scholarship made it possible 
for me to attend Ashland and re- 
main there as a full-time student. 

Scriptures tell us to have an ac- 
tive faith, so I have decided to go 
ahead on the basis of these prom- 
ises, as though all problems were 
already solved by the power of God. 
We must keep looking up, remem- 
bering that only things that seem 
impossible give God the glory. Ex- 
pect great things from Him! 

Thank you again. Sisterhood 
girls, and may God bless you in 
His service. 

Sincerely yours, 
Judith Faye Kaufman 



ATTENTION ALL PATRONESSES! 

Encourage all eligible girls in your 
Society to apply for this Sisterhood 
Scholarship 




GIVE AND GET 

Having just bought a farm, a city man went out 
to look at the line fence, which had been thfe source 
of much quarreling. The neighboring farmer said: 
"That fence is a full foot over on my side." 

"Very well," said the new owner, "we will set the 
fence over two feet on my side." 

"Oh, but that is more than I claim," stammered 
the surprised farmer. 

"Never mind about that. I would rather have peace 
with my neighbor than two feet of earth," said the 
man pleasantly. 

"That's surely fine of you, sir," rephed the farmer, 
"but I couldn't let you do a thing like that. That 
fence just won't be moved at all." 

The next time you have a dispute about rights, 
surprise the other fellow by giving him more than 
he claims, and see what will happen. 

— Selected. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



Progress Reports 

from 
Brethren Churches 



A NEW PARSONAGE 
Loree Brethren Church 




An outside view of the new Loree parsonage. 

ON JANUARY 5, 1964, the Loree First Brethren 
Church dedicated their new parsonage. Dedica- 
tion services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. W. 
E. Thomas, at the morning worship hour. Open house 
was held in the afternoon at the parsonage. Many of 
the members of the congregation and friends came 
to see the beautiful home they have erected and to 
visit with the pastor and his wife. 

This new brick home has three bedrooms, and a 
large living room and dinette combined. There is a 
lovely kitchen with plenty of cabinets and work tables, 
and a built-in stove and oven. There is also a study, 
a utility room and two baths. A double garage and 
a basement measuring 28 by 45 feet complete the 
house. It is heated with fuel oil and hot water. It was 
built to meet the needs of the Brethren ministers 
and their families who shall pastor this field in the 
future. The cost of this parsonage was $21,000 and 
to see it is to appreciate it. The present pastor. Rev. 
W. E. Thomas, and wife are enjoying it. 



Sunday School Suggestions 

from the National S. S. Board 



Dick Winfield 



WHY I AM A SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER 
by Gerald L. Kaquet 

"AND he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; 
and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teach- 
ers." I am a Sunday School teacher, first of all, be- 
cause I have been called of God to this ministry. In- 
volved in this "call" is God-given education, interest, 
ability, and opportunity to serve. As a called one, a 



steward of His gifts, I am required to be faithful (I 
Cor. 4:2). 

Secondly, I am a Sunday School teacher because 
it is one of the greatest privileges allowed to the 
child of God — to teach His Word to others. Great 
emphasis these days is laid on the importance of 
education. The battle for men's minds is constantly 
being waged. What a joy it is for me to face my class 
each Sunday morning and tell them the good news 
of the Gospel, discuss with them the profound truths 
of His Word, and witness the work of the Holy Spirit 
in their lives and mine as the seed takes root, grows, 
and bears fruit. There is great personal blessing for 
me as a Sunday School teacher. The study of the 
Word in preparation for the class period is a source 
of my spiritual growth. The Christian fellowship 
provides joy and encouragement. Peace and strength 
are derived from seeing the members of the class 
grow in the Lord. Praise God for this blessed privilege! 

Thirdly, I am a Sunday School teacher because 
it is an awesome responsibility. As I pray for my 
class during the week, and as I minister to them on 
Sunday, I am ever reminded that their spiritual con- 
dition, in one sense, is my responsibility. I must make 
plain the way of salvation to those who do not know 
Christ as personal Saviour. I must be cognizant of 
the spiritual problem of each Christian and depend 
upon the Holy Spirit to guide me in my choice of 
topics and methods of presentation that these needs 
might be met. I must realize that my own relation- 
ship with the Lord greatly determines the spiritual 
effectiveness of my ministry. A responsibility? Yes! 
But one that I cannot shirk. God will supply my 
needs. For it is God which worketh in you both to 
will and to do of his good pleasure (Phil. 2:13). 

I must therefore be faithful to my calling. I must 
take advantage of the privilege given me, and I must 
be diligent in carrying out my responsibility — that 
I may be used of Him "for the perfecting of the saints, 
for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the 
body of Christ." 

from NSSA LINK 
Post Script 

Teacher, what is your answer to this question, "Why 
am I a Sunday School teacher?" Must you answer, 
with so many others, that you are a Sunday School 
teacher only because the superintendent and/or 
pastor asked or even begged you to be? If so, perhaps 
you should read the above article again and begin 
applying it to your own life. Become aware of both 
the privilege and the awesome responsibility which 
is yours. 



NUGGETS 
The sliouter is often the pouter. 
Ease is the disease of the church. 
The nigh duties are the high duties 
Profession will not answer for confession. 
The lowly places are the holy places. 
It is yours to serve; God's to preserve. 
Men always sit down before they backslide. 
More male Marthas would not hurt a church. 
The great fish that is swallowing the Jonas of 
today is sel-fish-ness. 



February 29, 1964 



Page Seven 



BOOK REVIEWS 

Richard E. Allison 



All books reviewed in this column may be purchased through the Breth- 
ren Publishing Company, 524 College Ave., Ashland, Ohio. 



Edge, Findley B.: HELPING THE 
TEACHER. Nashville: Broadman, 
1959. ($2.95) 

"Ninety per cent of the problems 
in the Sunday school are teacher 
problems." So said Dean Dalton 
at the Sunday school workshop of 
the 1963 General Conference. Here 
is a volume written for the pur- 
pose of solving many of these prob- 
lems. 

Dr. Edge, who has also written 
Teaching for Results, writes for 
teachers who are interested in im- 
proving their teaching. The first 
division of the book deals with 
"Helping the Teacher Plan the 
Lesson." Chapter titles include: 
"Toward Teacher Improvement;" 
"Steps in Preparing a Lesson;" 
"Teaching for Conduct Response;" 
"Teaching to Increase Knowledge." 
Dr. Edge, having served as a pas- 
tor for many years and as a pro- 
fessor of religious education at 
Southern Baptist Theological Semi- 
nary, is especially practical in his 
approach. He is critical only of hap- 
hazard methods and poor results. 
He points out our problem by say- 
ing, "There is an amazing lack of 
knowledge of the Bible that is 
studied. After a person had at- 
tended Sunday school for five, ten, 
fifteen or more years, studying the 
same book week after week, he 
would be expected to have some 
mastery of it. Yet such is not the 
case. And beyond the rather super- 
ficial matters that are rather com- 
mon knowledge such as where Je- 
sus was born and the name of the 
baby found in the ark of bul- 
rushes, there is an even more ap- 
palling lack of knowledge." Dr. 
Edge is interested in helping the 
teacher who honestly wants to do 
his best in the Sunday school class- 
room. 

Unit II is entitled, "Helping the 
Teacher Use a Variety of Methods." 
This chapter explains the various 
methods that a teacher can employ. 
Professor Munson often said in 



Christian education classes in the 
seminary that our greatest prob- 
lems in the Sunday school could 
be summarized as "too much lame- 
ness, sameness and tameness." Va- 
riety and vitality are the keys to 
Sunday school growth. Any teacher 
interested in bringing variety and 
vitality to his class can be helped 
by reading and digesting the second 
unit of this book. The author deals 
with five different methods for pre- 
senting a Sunday school lesson. He 
also explains the use of three visual 
techniques which are aids to be 
used with other methods. 

The language is lucid. The ter- 
minology is simple. The informa- 
tion is complete and helpful. Every 
teacher who is at all interested 
in improving his teaching should 
own and use this book. 



Pfeiffer, Charles F.: EXILE AND 
RETURN. Grand Rapids: Baker 
Book House, 1962. ($3..50) 

Exile and Return is the third in 
a series of eight volumes on Old 
Testament History to be written 
by Dr. Pfeiffer and published by 
Baker Book House. 

In this present work the difficult 
is made plain. The Old Testament 
comes alive with the background 
and cultural insights presented. The 
book is not a commentary. It is 
concerned with the religious, cul- 
tural and political history of Juda- 
ism during the time of the exile 
and the return from the Babylonian 
captivity. The layman can read this 
book with profit. It is in no sense 
technical. However, much careful 
research has gone into this book 
and it is not to be written off as 
a popular book on background deal- 
ing with trifles. It is true to the 
Scriptures. It makes reading the 
Old Testament more rewarding. Any 
book that makes this kind of a con- 
tribution to our understanding is 
worthy of our consideration. 



The well-known author, Dr. 
Charles Pfeiffer, is professor of Old 
Testament at Gordon Divinity 
School. Other notable books to his 
credit include. Bakers Bible Atlas, 
The Dead Sea Scrolls, The Book of 
Genesis, and The Book of Leviticus. 
The two previously published books 
in the Old Testament series are 
Between the Testaments and The 
Patriarchal Age. 

After using Exile and Return as 
a reference volume for background 
study in the times of the prophets, 
I immediately ordered the two for- 
mer volumes in the series. 



IOWA ORDERS STRICTER 
LAWS INVOLVING LIQUOR 
ADVERTISING 

DES MOINES, IOWA (EP) — lOWa'S 

Liquor Control Commission has es- 
tablished stricter laws on liquor 
advertising. 

Exempted from the wide-ranging 
rules set up by the commission are 
newspapers, magazines, and radio- 
television and firms dealing in in- 
terstate commerce. 

Forbidden in the agency's direc- 
tive were: 

Liquor ads in school publications 
or programs, specifically sports pro- 
grams; use of sound trucks or 
aerial displays; use of women in 
advertisements where the female 
form is exploited in "immodest, vul- 
gar, or sensuous manner"; adver- 
tising showing persons in the act 
of drinking; ads depicting athletes 
or athletic events; testimonial-type 
ads; use of Biblical characters or 
religious or church signs, except in 
the case of Kosher wines. 

The commission also barred ex- 
ploitation of liquor by using "any 
generally recognized holiday" to 
inspire sales — Christmas, New 
Year's, Thanksgiving, etc. 

Its edict bars liquor advertising 
through direct mail circulars or 
pamphlets; use of billboard ads 
in "dry" counties of Iowa; and use 
of billboard advertising within 300 
feet of a church, school, playground 
or park. 

Some liquor distillers and adver- 
tisers have advised the commission 
they plan to advertise on some Iowa 
radio stations and on billboards. 
State officials said 27 Iowa news- 
papers carry liquor ads. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA 




THE MODERATOR'S ADDRESS 



Rev. Alvin Grumbling 



STEP BY STEP 



To THE MEMBERS of the Northern California 
Brethren Conference: 

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour, 
Jesus Christ. I come before you tonight, for the third 
time in as many years, as the Moderator of this con- 
ference. I bring you my report on what has been 
accomplished in the past year, and I offer several 
recommendations for the furtherance of God's work 
in this district. 

The theme of this year's conference, "Supplying 
Our Needs," is truly appropriate. For we have seen 
how God has cared for us in our recent experiences. 
The past year — in fact, the past three years, have 
been busy ones. We have seen the Lord working 
among us in marvelous ways. I do not have the time 
tonight to recount all that He has done for us. Nor 
would I take the time if I had it. For tomorrow night 
our Vice Moderator, Brother Wesley Steyer, will give 
a detailed review of our past three years in the dis- 
trict project. I will, therefore, leave this matter in 
his capable hands. 

However, several matters of review ought to be men- 
tioned here. The highlight of the past year, of course, 
was the building and dedication of the new Stockton 
church. For long years, many people of this district 
have looked for and worked hard toward this end. 
Now it is a reality in our midst. And as I stated on 
the day of dedication, so I would say again. Let us 
not point at what we have done. But rather let us 
think and say, "Look what God has done among us." 
For the praise and honor and glory in this project 
belongs to God. Without His guidance, we still would 
not have that new church. 

I would like to also point to our dual role of ac- 
tivities in this project. This has been, and still is, 
a district project. The district made the decisions. 



provided for the loans and other finances. Yet the 
Stockton church needed to have a necessary voice 
in all matters, for it was important that they be sat- 
isfied with the end result. And they shall benefit di- 
rectly because it will some day be their property. 
Such a dual role could have brought many prob- 
lems, even disaster among us. But such was not the 
case here. There were some minor problems. But God 
has guided in making this a unique affair that has 
worked beautifully. And for this we praise His name. 

Here, let me give credit where credit is due. I hesi- 
tate to name names for fear that someone will be 
missed. But I feel that I must single out two men in 
this matter. Last August as the conference delegates 
pondered over the high bids that faced us, the picture 
looked dark. For a few minutes we even wondered if 
we could afford to begin construction. But when the 
Board of Directors was authorized to act as contrac- 
tor, and when Harlin Lawrence and Wade Loveday 
were hired as our supervisor and assistant supervisor 
on the job, the whole picture changed. These men 
could have earned much more working for them- 
selves, but they did this for the Lord. They used their 
knowledge of construction, their influence to gain the 
best in sub-contracts, and they even donated much 
of their time on the job. I single them out because 
I feel that without them we would not have what we 
now have, and at such a low cost. They deserve our 
thanks. 

Also, many thanks are due to the many others who 
helped. Thanks to those who dug trenches for the 
footing; to those who helped in cement work; to 
those who gave of their time in framing and in sheath- 
ing the sides and roof; to those who donated much 
time and material in painting; and to those who 
helped in clean-up, thus making the building pre- 



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sentable for dedication. Many, many people had a 
hand in this building. I don't think that it can be 
duplicated. And to all who helped in making it pos- 
sible, including all who have contributed money to- 
ward paying the bills, a very sincere thank you. I be- 
lieve that this credit can be thus given, even as we 
give God the glory for His working through and 
among us. 

However, before we get caught up in the past, let 
me say very clearly that the job is not yet finished. 
And finish it, we must. We borrowed $11,500 from the 
Milledgeville, Illinois, church and $10,000 from the 
Brethren Home Mission Revolving Fund, and these 
loans must be repaid on time. We cannot even think 
of defaulting on our debts to those who have shown 
such faith in us. These people did not ask for large 
amounts of security from us. They simply asked for 
our word and our signatures as a district conference, 
and we will keep faith in repaying these loans as due 
or even sooner. 

Besides this, we still need to take care of some 
property improvements. Our share of the street, side- 
walks, curb and gutter remains to be completed. This 
is estimated to cost us another $4,500. And we have 
a choice in the matter. We can do this job as soon 
as possible, or we can wait until the City of Stockton 
says it must be done. But either way we will have to 
do it and pay for the job. 

Also the parking lot for the new church needs to 
be finished. The county requires that every new church 
provide permanent off-street parking. And the park- 
ing facilities that we now have are only temporary. 
In fact, several good heavy rains could make what 
we now have definitely unusable. We must finish 
the job to the satisfaction of all city and county re- 
quirements. 

These three matters remain to be finished before 
we can say that the district project is completed. And 
let me again point out that this is the responsibility 
of the district conference. We all have a share in 
this matter. Also, let me point out that since this 
is a district project, every family of the district should 
have a part in it. To date only about one-half of the 
families in the district have contributed to this cause. 
And as I said last August to the conference delegates, 
"It is now time to put up or shut up." God has surely 
done His part in leading us and providing for us. 
We should, therefore, follow His leading and truly 
make this a district project, for I am convinced that 
we can finish this project without sacrificing other 
important matters. But such is not possible, unless 
we all work and share together. I strongly urge that 



every effort be made to make this truly a district proj- 
ect. 

In the next step, I would call attention to the needs 
of the Lathrop and Manteca churches. These two 
churches have laid aside some of their hopes and 
plans to help make the district project possible. Now 
some consideration must be given to them. We can- 
not have a new Stockton church at the sacrifice of 
Lathrop or Manteca. So as our debts are being paid 
and as we make future plans, we must consider their 
needs. The district has no authority to go into these 
churches as it did in Stockton, for they are not Home 
Mission churches. Instead, we will have to let these 
churches develop their own plans and then find a 
place where the district can help to make those plans 
a reality. I, therefore, recommend (1) that in our fu- 
ture district planning due consideration be given to 
the needs and plans of the Manteca and Lathrop 
churches, seeking to find a way in which the district 
can help them. Again, we cannot have a new Stock- 
ton church at the sacrifice of Lathrop or Manteca. 

In the district conference of January, 1962, I made 
two recommendations to which I would like to refer 
at this time. Both recommendations were adopted 
by that conference. First, I recommended that the 
District Mission Board and the Berean Trustees Board 
meet and work together for the starting of a preach- 
ing work in Camp Berea. Since that recommendation 
was made, much of our time and effort has been used 
in the Stockton work and little done toward the end 
of starting a work in camp. However, I have not 
changed my feelings about this matter. I feel that 
we have an opportunity there that we dare not miss. 
If we do not try to establish a work in this ready-made 
situation, we will have to answer to God for our 
neglect. We must give due consideration to carrying 
out this recommendation. And I feel that the start 
of a work in Camp Berea can be done within the 
framework of our district budget, at least for now. 
In fact, it will have to be done within the district 
budget. Brethren, let us not be guilty of neglect in 
this matter. 

Second, I recommended that the District Mission 
Board be charged with the consideration and plan- 
ning for a new Brethren church in a new area. Also 
the District Mission Board itself asked that the Board 
be obligated to investigate and develop new mission 
points. Both recommendations were adopted by con- 
ference. And while it is also true here that time and 
efforts have not been easily available toward this 
end, I feel that now we must begin looking in this 
direction. I would not give the impression that I ex- 



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^otudy to shew thysel[ approved 
needeth not to he ashamed, 



pect that all of these matters will be cared for at 
once, or that all of this can be done overnight. In 
fact, it would take some years before all of this can 
be done to any degree of satisfaction. But I do not 
want us to forget the decisions that have been made. 
And I feel that with proper planning these matters 
can be done in logical order. I, therefore, urge both 
of these boards to prayerfully seek God's guidance 
in these areas. 

Let me now turn to our district budget. Last Jan- 
uary, we adopted the procedure for a district bud- 
get and began to make it work. I am happy to re- 
port that in its first year it has been successful. Money 
has come into the district treasury all during the 
year. Bills have been paid when due. And no calls 
for money were needed during the year. The budget 
for 1964-65 will be presented to you later in this con- 
ference. I recommend (2) that the district budget 
be adopted again this year. To me, this is a logical 
and easy way to care for our district work. The Scrip- 
tures teach us to taring our tithes and offerings into 
the storehouse. Thus we do not put our money into 
the church simply to pay the pastor's salary. Nor do 
we give because the church has bills to pay. But 
rather, because God has asked us and because we 
love Him, we give our tithes and offerings into the 
church. And the church in turn uses the money to 
pay salaries and bills. The district work is only an 
extension of the local work. And here let me add, 
that in the next few years the local churches need 
to consider increasing their giving to the district 
budget. The opportunity to start a work in Camp 
Berea and the intention of including the District 
Mission Board in this budget as soon as possible 
forces us to either increase our district budget giv- 
ing or to cut the work and outreach of our district. 
For through the district budget the local church and 
each member can extend his sphere of influence for 
the Lord. This is far better than making calls or 
ringing doorbells every time we have a bill to be paid 
or every time we want to start something new. Let 
us continue to make it work. 

Here, let me turn our thoughts toward the Sun- 
day School work. Two years ago we held a district 
Sunday School conference. This affair was well liked 
by all who attended. And it brought the district Sun- 
day School teachers many benefits. It has already 
been suggested that another such event would be 
welcome and useful. The subject material would 
be changed but the aim would still be to help our 
local Sunday Schools and their teachers. Therefore, 
I recommend (3) that a 2- or 3-day district Sun- 
day School conference be held in the Manteca church 
this coming spring, sometime after Easter, and that 
the new Board of Directors be charged with the re- 
sponsibility of making all of the necessary plans 
and arrangements. 

Last year the conference was notified that our Ar- 
ticles of Incorporation were due to expire in 1969. In 



view of this, the Board of Directors was asked to 
check into the matter of extending the incorporation 
of the conference beyond the original 50-year period. 
This has been done, and the matter will come before 
you later in this conference. The Board of Directors 
has had the necessary Resolution drawn up by an 
attorney. This Resolution needs to be passed by the 
conference and then filed with the State. I recommend 
(4) that this conference takes the necessary action 
to amend the Articles of Incorporation to provide 
for an indefinite period of incorporation. 

Also, in the way of amendments, you heard read 
earlier this evening two proposed amendments to 
our district By-Laws. First, the matter of the number 
of alternate delegates has raised some problems. For 
one, some churches have not elected the full quota 
of alternates. Also in the substituting of alternates, 
it is possible to change the make-up of the confer- 
ence considerably, even in one day's sessions. It is 
felt that cutting down the number of alternates will 
lessen some of the confusion and strengthen the 
conference organization. Second, the make-up of the 
Berean Trustees Board is quite lopsided. There are 
five members from the Manteca church, one from 
the Lathrop church and none from the Stockton 
church. It has been felt during the past year that 
this is not proper representation to carry out the 
district work in our camp. This proposed amend- 
ment would even up the church representation on 
this Board and help make the camp work a district 
work. I recommend (5) that both proposed amend- 
ments to the conference By-Laws (cutting the num- 
ber of alternate delegates and evening the repre- 
sentation on the Berean Trustees Board) be adopted 
by this conference. 

In the past year, and particularly in recent months, 
I have been made aware that very few of the families 
in this district subscribe to The Brethren Evangelist. 
This is the official organ of the Brethren Church. 
We are a part of the Brethren Church. Therefore, this 
magazine should be coming into every home of the 
district. This is one of the methods of communica- 
tion within our denomination. It is a family maga- 
zine with regular features that include: daily de- 
votions, W. M. S. pages, Sisterhood pages, Laymen 
pages. Boys' Brotherhood pages. Brethren Youth 
pages. Missionary Board information, religious ar- 
ticles and news from local churches, plus other special 
features. The cost is only $4.00 per year, well within 
the reach of the average family. So possibly the only 
reason more of our families do not take The Brethren 
Evangelist, is that they simply haven't subscribed to 
it. And this is a shame upon us. We find the time 
and money for many other magazines. Why not our 
own magazine — The Brethren Evangelist"? I recom- 
mend (6) that we make an all-out drive in this dis- 
trict for subscriptions to The Brethren Evangelist; 
that this drive be carried out by having the local 
churches appoint an Evangelist-subscription commit- 



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unto §od, a workman that 
rightly dividing the word of truth. 



V 



tee; and that the new Board of Directors seek ways 
to help the local churches in this drive. Such a drive 
can only bring good things for each of us and draw 
us closer together in the denomination. 

Finally, I would like to make a few personal notes. 
It has been my privilege to be your Moderator for 
the past three years. When I took this gavel, I never 
expected to hold it for more than one year. But God 
had different plans. Yet, I now feel that by Sunday 
evening this gavel should pass to someone else. These 
past three years have been easier because of the peo- 
ple I have worked with. The Board of Directors has 
changed little in these three years. And I have found 
the members of this Board to have a real Christian 
concern for the problems we faced. They have worked 
hard. They spent many long hours in many meet- 
ings seeking to do things God's way. To each one 
who has served on this Board, my personal thanks 
for what you have contributed to His cause and for 
helping me. 

Likewise, the District Mission Board has not changed 
in the past three years. These members, too, have 
worked hard. They have shared in many long meet- 
ings. They have shown their Christian concern for 
our mutual problems. This Board had the difficult 
task of asking for money that the work could be done. 
To each member of this Board, my personal thanks. 
Both of these Boards have been easy to work with; 
and without them, my job would have been much 
more difficult. 

Also, I want to express my thanks to the Manteca 
church. In the time that I have been Moderator, I 
have also been the pastor of this church. Being Mod- 
erator has meant taking much time from something 
else, time that rightfully should have belonged to 
the Manteca church and to myself and my family. 
It has meant that I have not been able to do all that 
I wanted to do or perhaps all that I should have done 
as a pastor. But the Manteca church has been gra- 
cious in giving of their pastor and other Board mem- 
bers. I have had very few criticisms in this matter. 
On the other hand, I have received much from them 



in the way of understanding; and for this I am grate- 
ful. I know that many of the Manteca people were 
concerned last year when I accepted re-election to 
this office. They were concerned about my health 
as much as anything. Yet after much prayer last 
January, I felt that God would not have me say "no" 
to the job. So I want to express my appreciation to 
the Manteca church. And I would point out that when 
a man is elected to this office, it means that he must 
give of his time and talents and that the church of 
which he is a member must give up some of his ser- 
vices. Thus it becomes wise to pass this job around 
as much as possible. 

Let me also express my public thanks to God for His 
guidance in this matter, to the extent that I have been 
permitted to have a part in seeing the Stockton 
church become a reality. This has meant much in 
my personal life. Also my grateful thanks to Him 
for giving me the needed health and strength. In 
these past years, I have found the need to pray for 
health and strength and God has answered those 
prayers. I have also found that holding this gavel 
brings responsibilities as well as privileges. I have 
found that it can cause sleepless nights, wrestling sub- 
consciously with problems. It can send you to the 
doctor because of overwork, and it can drive you to 
your knees in prayer seeking God's guidance. But 
this is also a privilege to plan and work with other 
concerned Christians, and it is a joy to see God work 
in our midst as He has done so wonderfully. So, lest 
there be any doubts, I would do it all again — if God 
thus led me, for I feel that we must always seek to 
follow His leading. 

Thus we praise God for what He has done among 
us. We thank Him for His guidance and for supply- 
ing our needs thus far. But we remember that the 
job is not yet finished. So, step by step, we must pay 
our debts, plan our next moves prayerfully and go 
on to other projects as God guides us and gives us 
the opportunity. We must be busy, now and every 
day — until the time that He calls us to be with Him. 
Let us, therefore, be faithful unto Him until that day. 



ALL-CHURCH PRESS PROPOSES 
ACTION PROGRAM TO CURB 
CIGARETTE SMOKING 

FORT WORTH, TEX. (EP) — All- 

Church Press, which produces 
weekly newspapers for 350 local 
Protestant congregations through- 
out the Southwest, suggested a sev- 
en-point program of action for 
churches and church leaders to deal 
with the cigarette-smoking crisis. 
It recommended the following: 
1. Church libraries should make 
available a good selection of books 



and other materials dealing with 
smoking and its effect on health. 

2. Ministers, deacons, elders, 
stewards, teachers and other 
church leaders who smoke can set 
a good example by breaking the 
habit. 

3. Churches in a position to do 
so might conduct withdrawal clin- 
ics for members and others in the 
community. 

4. Young people must be dis- 
couraged from taking up the smok- 
ing habit. 



5. Ministers should provide en- 
couragement and moral support 
for members of their congregation 
who are trying to break the habit. 

6. Parents who smoke should be 
encouraged to give up the practice 
so that children will not emulate 
them. 

7. Christians, "may wish tact- 
fully and kindly" to encourage 
newspapers, magazines, radio and 
television stations to rethink their 
policies on tobacco advertising. 



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BISCHOFS 



ses and birthdays of missionaries and 
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committee workers, W. M. S. and Laymen 
and youth leaders kindly clip this informa- 
;t for future needs.) 




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Reverend and Mrs. Robert Bischof 
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Northern Region, Nigeria 
West Africa 

Robert P March 5 

Beatrice March 19 

Barbara April 22, 1956 

Robert (Jr.) February 21, 1959 



SHANKS 




Reverend and Mrs. Glenn Shank 
c/o Hlllcrest School 
Box 145 
Jos, Nigeria 
West Africa 

Glenn (Doc) July 16 

Jean December 14 

Dennis December 15, 1953 

Donna August 13, 3956 



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BRETHREN YOUTH BIBLE QUIZ 



District and National Rules 



QUIZMASTER ~ 

should be taken from lay or pastoral personnel 
of the Brethren Church. 

QUESTIONS — 

one contest shall consist of 20 questions with 5 ex- 
tra questions permitted if needed to break a tie in 
scoring. Any question given by the quizmaster shall 
be answered by the team who first indicates they have 
the answer. Either a light system or standing is recom- 
mended for recognizing a contestant who wishes to 
answer a question. 

SCORING — 

10 points for a correct answer. 
5 points off for incorrect answer. 

10 point maximum bonus after each team mem- 
ber, including the alternate, has answered one ques- 
tion correctly. This can occur only once in any given 
contest for each team. 

PERSONNEL — 

Quizmaster 

Judge — may be a timer or another person may be 
timer. 

Judge — may be a scorer or another person may be 
scorer. 

Judge 

RULES — 

(5 points off for any infraction of the rules.) 

1. Team members and alternate shall be lettered in 

the following manner: Each contestant shall wear 

a white card, 6 by 8 inches with one black block 

letter per card, using letters "A" through "D." 



2. 



3. 



4. 



5. 



9. 



Cards shall be worn in such a way as to be easily 
seen. 

All talking must cease upon signal of the quiz- 
master, possibly use of the word "question." 
There shall be no collaboration on any question 
of team members or the alternate. 
Each team shall consist of three regular members 
and an alternate, with one member being chosen 
by his fellow teammates as captain. 
The captain shall be contestant "A" and shall 
be the only team member who may dispute the 
opposing team answer or quizmaster decisions 
(his teammates may ask him to dispute) and call 
for time outs. When any question or answer is 
disputed. Judges must rule and their decision is 
final. 

Each team may have no more than three one- 
minute time outs per contest upon request of 
the captain. 

The alternate can replace any team member dur- 
ing a time out after reporting such action to the 
quizmaster. Any regular team member re-entering 
the quiz must report such action to the quizmaster 
and assume his previous position. 
Each contestant shall begin his answer within 
5 seconds after being recognized by the quiz- 
master and shall complete his answer within 25 
additional seconds. Failure to do so results in an 
incorrect answer. 

Any contestant who breaks in on a question in 
the recognized manner must complete that ques- 
tion and give his answer. 



ST. JAMES JUNIORS 

We have a small group of about nine members but 
big enough to study God's Word. We have a Bible study 
on the Gospel of John from which we read a portion 
of Scripture at each meeting. 

We also enjoy working at our crafts. At present 
we are making baskets from popsicle sticks. Sometimes 
we have a game and usually light refreshments at 
the end of our session. 
Our officers are: 

President Glen Draper 

Vice President Brenda Hutzell 

Secretary Lorre Starliper 

Ass't. Secretary David Clark 

Our leaders are: 
Mrs. Jim Rowsey 
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Martin 
Mr. and Mrs. Buck Kelbaugh 

— ^Lorre Starliper 



NORTHEAST OHIO 
SENIOR RALLY 

April 19, 1964 
Louisville, Ohio 



February 29, 1964 



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TUCSON SCHEDULE 

Our theme for February has been "My Faith and 
My Personal Life" with such features as our pastor 
leading, a singspiration, a retreat with Tempe here at 
Tucson and a Billy Graham film. 

March calls for the theme, "The Meaning of My 
Faith" and our meetings will include Bible train- 
ing, ice skating with devotions and refreshments af- 
terward, preparation for Easter Sunrise Service and 
the Sunrise Service itself. 



VANDERGRIFT VIEWS 

In November, we passed out approximately 5,000 
handbills to the homes to invite all of Vandergrift 
and suburban areas to our evangelistic services which 
were held the week before Thanksgiving. On Satur- 
day night of the meetings, we had a senior youth 
special and a quartet special by Ricky Hesketh, Le- 
roy Henry, Bonnie Crosby and Pam Godwin. 

Every month we travel to Indiana, Pennsylvania, 
to Claypoole's rest home and have a little service 
for them. On Christmas Sunday we also took them 
each a present. 



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Kathy Summerville and the United Bakingman. He 
is buying cupcakes at our bakesale. 



Christmas Sunday afternoon we came back from 
our rest home trip and decorated for our party. At 
the close of church, we all went downstairs for the 
party. When Santa came and began calling names 
for the gifts, the kids were overjoyed! One little 
girl ran up and kissed him. Of course, the grown-ups 
were having fun, too. Santa gave our moderator, 
Emery Kridler, a yo-yo! 

In September, we resumed our weekly Sunday night 
meetings. At one of our meetings we decided to have 
a bake sale and use that money for a Christmas party 
for the Junior youth. We raised approximately $26.00 
which we used to buy presents and refreshments for 
all. Also, starting in September, every Saturday night 
we went to Cookie Hesketh's house (she is our presi- 
dent) to make hard-tack Christmas candy. We made 
300 pounds plus with $160.00 profit. 

The result of our election at our second meeting 
was as follows: 

President Cookie Hesketh 

V. President Pam Godwin 

Secretary Karen Summerville 

Ass't. Secretary Bonnie Crosby 

Treasurer Doris Swenk 

Ass't. Treasurer Ricky Hesketh 

Later we went caroling until 12:00. For a quick re- 
fresher and Christmas exchange, we retreated to 
the parsonage basement for an early breakfast of 
waffles and bacon. 

For our candlelight service, the youth choir took 
over to give the adults a rest. For a special we sang 
"Silent Night." We have a Senior Youth Choir about 
once a month. 

— ^Pam Godwin 



'Share for Chandon' 

OR 

DON'T ABANDON 
CHANDON 

GOAL: $8,000 



I Evening and morning and at noon will I pray. 

Psalm 55:17 

Prayer is most useful in the days of discouragement. 
Prayer does something to you. For this reason the 
Bible urges you to pray without ceasing. We are to 
have a prayerful mind from morning till evening. 

Prayer straightens out our thinking. It puts our 
mind at ease and quiets our nerves. Prayer gives 
us an outlet for our anxieties and worries. 

Prayer should have a definite place in our daily 
life and should not be limited to days of trouble and 
sickness. Prayer is daily conversation with God. 

Prayer brings us to the throne of God, where we 



make our peace with our heavenly Father through 
Christ Jesus, our Savior. We can tell God all that 
lies upon our heart and thus unburden our soul to 
Him. 

We pray for forgiveness, for guidance, for strength, 
for a greater faith. Through prayer we obtain relief. 

Prayer puts God into the center of our lives and 
brings His presence into our day with His endless 
benedictions. 

Morning, noon, and at night will I pray. And God 
promises to give us the strength which will carry 
us through the long day and the longer night. 

— Alfred Doerfller 



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CHILDREN'S 

DAILY DEVOTIONS - - 

Mrs. Robert G. Holsinger 




Easter Readings 
Memory Scripture for the month — Mark 16:15 

And he said unto them. Go ye into all the ivorld, 
and preach the gospel to every creature. 

March 8-14 



SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 1964 

Scripture: John 18:1-12 

The Arrest 

Jimmy was talking with Mrs. Lee, his Sunday School 
teacher. "My Dad's a policeman. He said no one to- 
day could be arrested as Jesus was." 

"That's right, Jimmy," replied Mrs. Lee. "We have 
laws that say that even bad people must be treated 
fairly." 

"Didn't they have laws then?" Jimmy wanted to 
know. 

"Oh, yes," answered Mrs. Lee. "But the enemies 
of Jesus knew He had too many friends to be ar- 
rested in the daytime. Many people knew Jesus was 
kind and good. Many believed He was the Son of 
God. They would have tried to help Him, just as 
Peter did in the Bible reading. It would have been 
very difficult to arrest Him in the daytime with many 
people about." 

Do you believe Jesus is kind and good? Do you be- 
lieve He is God's Son? Are you willing to serve Him 
any way you can? The answers you give to these ques- 
tions are important now and throughout your life. 
Prayer: 

Dear Jesus, help me to show I love You. Help me 
to serve You as I should. Amen. 

MONDAY, MARCH 9, 1964 

Scripture: John 18:33-37; 19:1-7 

Before Pilate — Crucify Him! 

Ann Huff's daddy worked in a bank. One day it 
was discovered a lot of money was missing. Many 
people thought Mr. Huff had stolen it. He was ques- 
tioned by the police. It looked as though he might 
be taken to jail. Then the policemen discovered who 
really took the money. 

Mr. Huff had not stolen the money. He was in- 
nocent. Yet there were people who thought he had 
taken it and wanted him punished. 

Jesus said He was the Son of God. People who did 
not believe Him wanted Him punished. They con- 
vinced the governor to have Him crucified. 

Jesus could have saved Himself, but He loved us 
enough to die for us. 
Prayer: 

Thank You, Jesus, for loving me. Thank You for 
dying for my sins. Amen. 



TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 1964 

Scripture: John 19:16-22 

To The Cross 

"Mom," said Jeff, "we learned in Sunday School 
that Jesus died on the Cross to save all people. That's 
millions and millions of people. Isn't it?" 

Mother nodded. 

"Well," went on Jeff, "I would be willing to die to 
save even a dozen. I don't understand what's so won- 
derful about Jesus' death." 

"You're a good boy, Jeff, and a brave one, too," 
said Mother. "I'm sure you would be willing to give 
your life for a dozen friends. But would you be will- 
ing to give your life for a dozen, or even a miUion 
rabbits?" 

"Rabbits!" exclaimed Jeff. "Of course not!" 

"Yet Jesus' death is more like you dying for rab- 
bits than friends," continued Mother. "He is the Son 
of God; the only perfect person who ever lived. He 
came to earth to show us how God wants us to live. 
Then He died on the cross so we could have a home 
in Heaven, too." 

"I'm beginning to understand," said Jeff thought- 
fully. 
Prayer: 

Dear God, as I think about Jesus, help me to under- 
stand how wonderful He is. In His name I pray. Amen. 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 1964 

Scripture: John 20:1-8 

The Resurrection 

Did you ever wonder why we have eggs at Easter 
time? It is hard to realize when you look at an egg 
that there is life in it. Yet, if the egg were taken care 
of properly by a mother hen, a fluffy yellow chick 
would hatch from it. 

The soldiers said Jesus was dead. As His friends 
took Him from the cross, they knew He was dead. 
None of them remembered that Jesus told them He 
would live again. They placed Him in the tomb. Then 
Sunday morning they discovered He was not there. 
He had risen as He said He would. 

As you look at the pretty Easter eggs this year, 
may they remind you of Jesus who arose from the 
dead. May they remind you, too, that each of us will 
live with Him in Heaven if we love Him. 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for the good things and good times 
I have. Help me to remember all good things come 
from You. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 1964 

Scripture: John 20:11-18 

He Is Alive 

Have you ever been sad? So sad that you cried? 
Perhaps someone spoke to you and you answered 
without really knowing who it was. 

By-and-by you may have found that what made 
you sad was not really true. How happy you were 
then! 

Mary was sad. Jesus was dead, she thought, and 
now someone had stolen His body. She was so sad 
she cried. She did not recognize Jesus when He came 
up to her. She thought it was the gardener until He 
called her by name. 



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How quickly her tears went away! Her sadness 
turned to gladness! Jesus was alive! Then she knew 
)He was truly the Savior sent from God. 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for Jesus. Thank You that He 
is our living Savior. In His name I pray. Amen. 

FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 1964 

Scripture: Matthew 21:1-11 

Palm Sunday 

Car horns were blowing. People were cheering. The 
high school band was playing. 

"What's that? A parade?" asked Billy. 

"Our basketball team has just returned," replied 
Daddy. "They won the state tournament. Everyone 
wants to welcome them back. Look, there's the team 
now in those open cars!" 

And Daddy began cheering with the rest of the 
Ipeople. So did Billy. 

In our Bible reading, Jesus was returning to Je- 
rusalem. The people were glad He was back. They 
shouted and sang and waved palm branches to show 
how glad they were. 
Prayer: 

Dear God, I'm glad Jesus came to earth. Help me 
to show I'm glad by being cheerful and friendly. In 
Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 



SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 1964 

Scripture: Matthew 26:17-30 

The Last Supper 

Susie and Jimmy were moving. They had lived 
beside Mary and Tommy for three years. The four 
children were very good friends. They were all sad 
because they would not be together every day any- 
more. 

On the last day, Mother invited Susie and Jimmy 
and their mother and father to dinner. They were 
all happy to be together, but they were sad, too, be- 
cause they knew they would soon be separated. 

Then Daddy said, "When we have our vacation 
this summer, we may visit you, Jimmy. How would 
you like that?" 

Everyone felt better then as they began to think 
of the good times they would have when they were 
together again. 

The disciples were sad because soon Jesus would 
be leaving them. They did not understand yet what 
He meant when He said, "I will rise again." 

Prayer: 

Thank You, God, that Jesus did rise again and that 
He is with me wherever I go. In His name I pray. 
Amen. 



Daily Devotions 

General Theme for the Year: "APPROVED UNTO GOD" 
Theme for March — "IN OUR CHRISTIAN GROWTH" 

Writer for JIarch — Mr. Charles J. Mishler 
March 8th through 14th — "Growing Through Proper Nourishment" 



Sunday, March 8, 1964 

Read Scripture: I Peter 2:1-10 

Our two children insist upon a 
substantial amount of milk each 
day as a part of their physical diet. 
This physical food is helping them 
to grow into healthy individuals. 

Peter tells us that we should 
likewise desire the Word as spir- 
itual food and this will help us 
to grow into healthy spiritual be- 
ings. 

I am thankful for camp expe- 
riences over the years that have 
pointed out the value of a "quiet 
time" each day in which we com- 
mune with God and partake of 
His word. 

Just as our little Timmy wants 
to feed himself, young Christians 
find real joy in partaking of God's 
word in a period of quietness and 
meditation each day. 



This practice could well be start- 
ed in a family as well as in a camp 
setting. 

The Day's Thought 

Be still, and knoiv that I am God 
(Psalm 46:10). 

Monday, March 9, 1964 

Read Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5 
Of course, it is impossible for us 
to carry on continuously with an 
uninterrupted, audible monologue 
of prayer. 

What, then, is meant by unceas- 
ing prayer? It is more than spoken 
words. It is unuttered thoughts di- 
rected toward God. It is giving 
and receiving and the listening of 
the soul. Prayer is joining hands 
with God. 

When Paul wrote to the Thes- 
salonians, Pray without ceasing, he 
was not suggesting an impossible 



exercise. He was suggesting that we 
walk hand-in-hand with God and 
make our every thought, our ev- 
ery deed, our every action His 
choice. 

Prayer at its fullest could be 
compared to breathing. If we stop 
breathing, our physical life ends. 
If we stop praying, our spiritual 
life expires. 

The Day's Thought 

One Christian said, "I feel most 
tired when I have done the least 
in prayer." 

Tuesday, March 10, 1964 

Read Scripture: II Timothy 3:14-17 
This brief portion of II Timothy 
points out that the Holy Scripture 
contains the answers to the many 
questions concerning life, its ori- 
gin, meaning and destiny. 

Through the Bible, we learn to 
know God's truth. It teaches about 
God's law and God's gospel. We 
learn of the terrible condition of 
sin in our lives and we rejoice as 
we discover the beautiful meaning 
of Calvary. 

William Lyon Phelps, distin- 
guished professor of literature at 
Yale University, once said that if 
he had to choose between a thor- 
ough knowledge of the English Bi- 
ble and a college education, he 
would take the Bible every time. 



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Timothy knew the Holy Scrip- 
tures from his youth and was made 
wise unto salvation and ready for 
good works. 

The Day's Thought 

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, 
and a light unto my path (Psalm 
119:105). 

Wednesday, March 11, 1964 

Read Scripture: Jeremiah 9:23-24 

Our society has placed a great 
deal of emphasis upon gaining 
knowledge. We have almost placed 
an invincible barrier in front of 
some young people in urging them, 
sometimes insisting, to finish high 
school and go on to college. 

The truth of the matter is that 
some young people do not And 
the answer to their needs in high 
school and many do not have a 
place in college. 

We have let general education 
become a "status symbol" and have 
neglected a far more important 
matter — that of knowing God, en- 
joying His loving kindness, and 
serving Him. It is in these things 
that the Lord delights. 

Shouldn't we first place emphasis 
upon our relationship with God 
and then as He leads, make general 
education a part of our life as a 
tool to serve God and our fellow 
men? 

The Day's Thought 

Will God find delight in my goals 
for this day? 

Thursday, March 12, 1964 

Read Scripture: Hebrews 4:14-16 
Last summer I stood on the shore 



of a large lake in Michigan and 
watched several yachts pull into 
shore. As they approached the 
dock area, a man on a much 
smaller boat shouted a warning 
that the water was too shallow 
at this point for boats so large. The 
larger boats turned and went to a 
safe docking area. 

God's word calls out to us and 
offers mercy, grace, and direction 
in our time of need. 

Everyday we meet temptations of 
some sort. Perhaps they are not 
temptations to murder, immorality, 
profanity, or drunkenness. 

Often the temptation will be more 
subtle and hard to recognize such 
as pride, envy, anger, malicious 
gossip or hatred. Whatever the sin, 
it is dangerous. 

With Christ directing our voyage, 
we can miss the shallow and dan- 
gerous areas of life. 

The Day's Thought 

I will listen for the voice of God 
and be guided by His wisdom. 

Friday, March 13, 1964 

Read Scripture: Isaiah 1:18-20 

Our world is burdened with heart- 
ache, uncertainty, and sin today. 
This need not be so because Jesus 
said. Come to me, all of you who 
are weary and overburdened, and I 
will give you rest (Matt. 11:28 — 
Phillips) ! 

He is well experienced in car- 
rying the heaviest burdens because 
He carried the burden of sin for 
all mankind to the cross. We need 
only to believe in Him to be re- 



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lieved of our problems, our heart- 
aches, and our sin. 

As we study His Word, we find 
that there are no problems that 
befall man that cannot find their 
solution when taken to God through 
Christ. He will wash away our sin 
until white as snow. He will pro- 
vide everything we need, and more. 
The Day's Thought 

Seek ye first the kingdom of 
God, and his righteousness; and 
all these things shall be added un- 
to you (Matthew 6:33). 



Saturday, March 14, 1964 ji 

Read Scripture: Hebrews 5 

There is no doubt that God ex-' 
pects us to learn of Him and grow; 
into spiritually mature individuals.;] 
When a person comes to "full age"i| 
as a Christian, he not only has a 
thorough knowledge of the word 
of God, he is experiencing the re- 
sponsibilities and the results of the 
promises of God. 

Chesterton has commented that 
we cannot say that Christianity] 
has failed in solving the problemsj 
of the world; it hasn't been tried 
yet. Certainly this must be true! 
when we think of all the problems 
that exist today and then realize 
from God's word that the answer 
to our problems is available through 
His power. 

Once we seriously put God's truth 
to work in our lives, we can help 
others to discover the same glo- 
rious truth. 

The Day's Thought 

"God gives by promise, that we 
may take by faith." 



Spiritual Meditations 

Dyoll Belote 



WHERE AND WHEN DO YOU PRAY? 

They took knowledge of them, that they had been 
with Jesus (Acts 4:13). 

SOME FOLKS can't pray except they be standing 
with the face upturned to heaven and the hand 
extended toward the sky; others cannot enter into 
communion with the Heavenly Father except upon 
their knees; some stare open-eyed into heaven as 
if to glimpse the Lord; while others must shout against 
the stellar expanse as if to awaken the Almighty as 
if He ever sleeps. But that may be more as to the 



posture of prayer than when or where we pray. 

The hymn writer has suggested somewhat as to 
the time of prayer when he echoes "Morning, noon 
and evening, unto Thee I'll pray," and as many times 
between these dates as the feeling of need for com- 
munion with the Heavenly Father presses itself upon 
the soul. 

One can figure on the familiarity of the worshipper 
in the practice of prayer by the ease with which he 
can find words to express his desires. I am not speak- 
ing of the "glib" talker here, but of the individual 
who talks to the Heavenly Father as naturally as he 
talks with his friend. He finds no difficulty in find- 
ing expressive words to convey his desires, his grati- 
tude, his reverence. 

"When" do you pray? The Bible admonishes us to 
pray without ceasing. May that not suggest that we 
are to be ever ready to call upon God for help in 
times of need, want or distress? Again, we should 
be ever watchful to praise and bless and adore Him 



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who bestows His grace upon us so richly and graciously. 
And we must not forget to beseech the Father's guid- 
ance and wisdom for our rulers in offices small and 
great. And our country and the world and its in- 
habitants everywhere. 

"Where" do you pray and when? Seek ye the Lord 
while he may he found; call ye upon him while he 
is near (Isaiah 55:6). We can pray to God any time, 
anywhere, in any circumstance. To have regular 
times of prayer is to have companionship with Christ, 
and it is familiarity with the way of prayer that en- 
ables us to pray naturally, helpfully, any time and 
anywhere. 



ASHLAND COLLEGE 
GOSPEL TEAMS 

ASHLAND COLLEGE Gospel teams are in active 
service over the Easter season. They will be ap- 
pearing in many churches, providing a spiritual up- 
lift in keeping with the season through their music. 
Biblical messages, and fellowship. 

This year there will be four teams going forth to 
serve the Lord. There will be two teams going to 
Kentucky, one team to the West and one through 
the Southeast. 

The itinerary for the western trip is as follows: 

March 27 — Evening — Waterloo, Iowa. 

March 29 — Morning — Derby and Mulvane, Kan. 

March 29 — Evening — Fort Scott, Kan. 

March 30 — Evening — Morrill, Kan. and Falls City, 
Neb. 

April 1 — Evening — Cheyenne, Wyo. 

April 3 — Evening — Udell, Iowa. 

April 5 — Morning — Lanark and Milledgeville, 111. 

The members of the team are as follows: 
David Crumrine is a sophomore from Ashland, Ohio; 
he is a chemistry and physics major. William Winter 
is a senior from Udall, Kansas; he is a biology major, 
and a pre-seminary student. 

Roger Eberly is a junior from Wooster, Ohio; he is 
a mathematics and psychology major and also a pre- 
seminary student. 

The itinerary for the Southeastern trip is as fol- 
lows: 

March 27 — Evening — Hagerstown, Md. 

March 29 — Morning — Chandon, Va. 

March 30-31 — The team will do canvass work in 
the area of the Chandon Brethren 
Church. 

March 31 — Evening — Washington, D. C. 

April 1 — Evening — St. Luke, Va. 

April 2 — Evening — ^Liberty, Va. 

April 3 — Evening — ^Cumberland, Md. 

April 5 — ^Morning — Johnstown Second, Pa. 

The members of the team are: 
Larry Ross is a freshman from Fremont, Ohio; he 
is a pre-seminary student with a major in history. 
James Tye is a pre-law student with a major in his- 
tory. 

William Walk is a junior from Vinco, Pa.; he is 
a pre-seminary student also with a major in history. 



The names and the itinerary for the trip to Ken- 
tucky were not available in time for the publica- 
tion of this article. 

You are encouraged to attend the services of these 
young people when they are in your area. You will 
definitely be uplifted by attending. 



Sunday School 

Lesson Comments 

Carl H. Phillips 

Topics copyrighted by tlie International Council 
of Religious Education. Used by permission. 



Lesson for March 8, 1964 

THE MAN BOBN BLIND 

Te.xt: John 9:13-17, 24, 25, 33-38 

ONE BY ONE, the Bible brings to the foreground 
men whose lives and testimonies bear witness 
that Jesus is the Son of God to the glory of God. 

An unsuspecting blind man is suddenly approached 
by Jesus and given his sight. From this miracle, the 
discussion surrounding it, and a certain amount of 
fundamental knowledge of the Word, the blind man 
concludes that Jesus is the Son of God and so wor- 
ships Him as such. 

We notice the logic of this man's thinking. One 
thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see 
(9:25) . // this man were not of God, he could do noth- 
ing (9:33). A7id he said. Lord, I believe. And he loor- 
shipped him (9:38). This follows the thinking of 
Jesus that if Satan did the healing and people were 
glorifying God because of it, then Satan would be 
defeating his purpose. 

The faith which Jesus looks for in us is one that 
is not swayed by majority opinion, or men of author- 
ity just because we want to be popular, or out of 
fear. We accept Christ as He is and for all that He 
has done and all that He stands for. And this faith 
leads to worship (9:38). 

Who are the blind? Jesus said He came into the 
world to settle the matter of real vision. His work 
involves a judgment upon all people (v. 39) . Jesus 
knew that there were (and still are) people who 
claim to be infallible in their spiritual judgment (or 
vision) . He said to certain ones, "you claim" "we see." 
In other words, these ones claim complete knowledge 
of God's ways and laws. These, says Jesus, shall be 
made or fixed permanently blind. Those who ac- 
knowledge lack of all spiritual vision, who desire help, 
will indeed be given new vision. 



"I am for a government that is rigorously 
frugal and simple, and not for one that mul- 
tiplies offices to make partisans — that is, to 
get votes — and by every device increases the pub- 
lic debt under the guise of being a public bene- 
fit." 

— Thomas Jefferson. 



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"WANTED" 



by John J. Golby 



HISTORY IS PEOPLE. Faith is founded in history. 
"In times like these" is an expression you have 
heard, usually referring to the roaring twenties, the 
depressing thirties, the dark forties, the brighter 
fifties or the golden sixties. 

"In times like these" we need the assurance that 
only Christian faith can give to our everyday liv- 
ing. As Christians, it is expected of us that we prac- 
tice living our faith in such a manner as to alleviate 
some of the suffering, some of the misunderstand- 
ings, some of the world's confusion and, particularly 
among those with whom we come in contact, the ma- 
terialistic attitude and viewpoint too prevalent today. 

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have 
lost its savour, wherewith shall it be salted (Matt. 
5:13)? 

What is more valuable than our Christian faith 
which makes us know that such faith in the power 
of God will ultimately prevail over any enemy, even- 
tually bringing peace and the brotherhood of man to 
earth? 

These principles of faith and practice must be in- 
corporated in the heart of the individual and only 
as he endeavors to live the Christian way will he 
be able to fully appreciate the value of true Chris- 
tian faith. "Wanted" is the title of this article. I would 
like to add these words to the title: "and needed — 
dedicated men." 

It is not my desire to appear as your spiritual ad- 
visor, nor to impose my convictions upon you, but 
America, now, more than ever, needs dedicated men 
and women. Dedicated to the cause of justice, liberty 
and freedom. 

At this point, we must mention that ugly word — 
Communism. In 1903, Communism had 17 dedicated 
members. Today, Communism has over 900 million 
followers! 

We must never forget that Communism did not hesi- 
tate to eliminate more than 20 million of their own 
people to perpetuate themselves in power! 

Here are several of the things they have done to 
retain that power — Christians were dragged from 



their beds and sliced to pieces, branded with hot 
irons, placed in boxes with rats to gnaw at their 
bodies, hot lead poured into their mouths, pregnant 
women chained to trees, their babies cut out of them. 

This, Communism would bring to pass in America! 
Yet we are slowly but surely being lullabied into a 
profound state of apathy. We need today, organized, 
aggressive, dedicated opposition to this deadly threat. 

The real treasures of life can very easily be lost 
if we do not recognize the eternal values. 

We have chased the counterfeit so long it is dif- 
ficult to tell the real things of life. 

On an off day, at a southern dog track, the Grey- 
hounds are let out into a meadow to frisk about. One 
day they jumped a rabbit and began chasing. All at 
once they stopped, and only in a language that the 
Greyhounds understand, one said to the others, "How 
foolish can we get? That isn't a real rabbit, he doesn't 
have wheels on." 

As Christians, our forefathers feared being thrown 
to the lions. Today, we fear going to the dogs — and 
there is a difference. 

Someone, some day, will answer for the direction 
in which our nation has been and is going. 

A Korean veteran was granted a furlough with 
the stipulation that he be ready to leave at 2:30 A.M. 
Knowing himself to be a sleepy head, he contacted 
four of his buddies to awaken him that night at in- 
tervals; one at 1 o'clock, one at 2 o'clock, and one 
at 2:15. One of his other buddies piped up and said, 
"what if the one who is to awaken you at 2:15 fails 
to do so?" "O, that's alright," said the veteran, "I've 
taken care of that. I'm not going to sleep at all that 
night." Moral — "Wake up Americans, and stay awake." 
Democracy, as practiced in North America, is the 
most amazing experience in the history of the world. 
The people who live between the Rio Grande River 
and the Arctic Ocean are the most privileged, the 
most fortunate, the world has known, as yet. 

In a world of hunger, we have plenty. 

In a world of tyranny, we have freedom. 

In a world of superstition and atheism, we have 
religious faith and freedom. 



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To preserve this inheritance, we must dedicate our- 
selves, and here I must use a quote from Abraham 
Lincoln, "We must dedicate ourselves to the proposi- 
tion that all men are created equal." 

That raises the question — what can one person do? 

What can you do? Every effort, however small, that 
each individual makes to keep the Golden Rule, this 
broadened to include the Sermon on the Mount, will 
contribute to the spiritual and materialistic welfare 
of the world and have its effect on the world, though 
we may not see that effect at the present time. Speak- 
ing of effort, it is an established fact that just about 
anything worthwhile that is accomplished is done 
by some person or persons making a special effort. 

Having committed our allegiance to God and His 
plan, should we fail to make the effort as just one 
person, then someone else will have to take up at 
the point where we ceased making an honest effort. 

Be ye perfect even as. your Father in Heaven is 
perfect does not mean we will be perfect here on 
earth, but certainly suggests that we make the ef- 
fort and that in accordance with God's standards as 



found in His word, that effort is now called for both 
individually and collectively. 

"In these days" the big little word is "Now." The 
apathy we find in regards to the several conditions 
mentioned, and others surrounding us from almost 
every angle, must be overcome and only they can do 
it of whom it is said "can turn the world upside down." 

This will be made easier if we but practice the ex- 
ample of Him to whom this great tribute is agreed 
upon by friend and foe alike that he went about do- 
ing good. 

This is a small world, after all, by 1964 standards, 
yet we are in the midst of a changing world order 
and though there are those who may not admit it, 
the finger of God is directing the change. 

It is expected of His people that they lend a help- 
ing hand. It is also as true today as ever that we are 
in the minority which has taught us that there is 
inspiration in numbers. 

Americans, wake up! Our prayer should be: "O 
God, give us dedicated men, beginning with me." 



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BOYS' BROTHERHOOD PROGRAM FOR MARCH 



THE INVASION OF THE WORLD 

by Virgil Barnhart- 



Opening Prayer 
Scripture: John 1:1-14 
Introduction {hy leader) : 

If you were called on the telephone and told that 
the world was being invaded, what would your re- 
action be? Would you panic, or would you try to find 
out the best way that you could be of help? Various 
persons would react in different ways. Have we al- 
lowed God to invade our world through Jesus, our 
Redeemer and Savior? Exactly what do we consider 
our world today? Is it the earth or is it our imme- 
diate area pertaining only to friends, relatives and 
neighbors? Have we allowed the Holy Spirit to invade 
our souls, minds, and lives? 

Living for Christ is more effective than preaching 
about Him. A message lived out day by day in the 
likeness of Christ is far more convincing than argu- 
ment. "Actions speak louder than words" is a quo- 
tation we often hear. Boys, let's not allow our actions 
and words to be different. Instead, let's make sure 
that we behave and speak according to Christian 
teachings, and have them in actord rather than dis- 
cord. (Leader, allow some time for questions and 
discussion if needed.) 

Following are some Scripture references that should 
be found, read, and discussed; these should help us 
to know what to do concerning our opportunities to 
aid in the Christian invasion and conversion of peo- 
ple everywhere. They will explain the plan of salvation 
as revealed in the Bible. 



I. God loves us and wants us to spend eternity 
with Him; John 3:16; Romans 5:8. 

II. All are sinners; Romans 3:23. We cannot save 
ourselves; Jeremiah 2:22. We cannot be saved by 
man; Deuteronomy 28:29. 

III. Deny self, choose Christ, and attain salvation 
of soul; Matthew 16:24-26. 

IV. When Christ died. He took our sins; I Corin- 
thians 15:3; I Peter 2:24. 

V. We must believe; Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9, 10. 

VI. Comforted, prepared, and attained through 
Jesus unto God, our Heavenly Father; John 14:1-6. 

VII. Those who accept Jesus Christ as their Savior 
received Eternal Life; John 5:24; Romans 6:23. 

VIII. Tell God in prayer that you accept Christ 
as your personal Savior; Romans 10:13. 

IX. Read and study your Bible, God's divine in- 
spired Word; II Timothy 2:15; Revelation 1:3. 

X. Witness for glory of God; Matthew 5:16. 
Closing Remarks and Biblical References: 

Christ is seen through you: Matthew 28:18-20; 
5:14, 15; John 20:21; I Corinthians 11:1. 

God in Christ invades earth: Hebrews 1:1, 2; I John 
5:11-13; II Corinthians 5:19-21; Philippians 4:19. 

After this study, are you ready to be invaded in 
your daily living by the Way, the Will, and the Word 
of God? 
The Closing Prayer. 



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NEWS NOTES FROM THE 

BOYS' BROTHERHOOD 

GRATIS. OHIO 

THE BOYS' BROTHERHOOD at Gratis, Ohio, meet 
on the second Sunday of each month. Since 
the Miami Valley Youth Rally was set for that day 
in January, we held our regular January meeting 
on December 26. We assembled at the church at 10 
A. M. and were led in a twenty-minute Devotional 
period by Rev. Schultz, then we had our prayer circle. 
The January program that is prepared by our National 
Brotherhood President, John Dillon, was used by 
Rev. Schultz. 

After this, we scraped, cleaned, and painted the 
baptistry. Two coats of robin's-egg blue paint was put 
on the walls and bottom. The steps leading down in- 
to the baptistry was given a prime coat, and then 
painted two coats of paint. 

In addition to the above, the boys also shoveled 
snow and ice off the church steps and sidewalks. 
They assisted in taking the Christmas tree down, and 
arranged the basement for the primary Sunday School 
department. They washed the classroom blackboards, 
and sorted the Sunday School literature for the first 



quarter of 1964. 

There were seven boys present at this meeting and 
work period. There were two advisors also present, 
as well as our pastor. We have ten members in the 
Boys' Brotherhood organization for the year of 1963- 
64. The ages vary from nine years to fourteen years. 

David Barnhart 
News Reporter 

SMITHVILLE. OHIO 

ANOTHER wonderful year of Boys' Brotherhood I 
fellowship is in full swing at Smithville. Our 
average attendance has been six. Although small in [ 
number, our blessings are very many. 

At our first meeting we elected officers with the f 
following elected: j 

Rex McConahay — President | 

Terry McConahay — Vice President j 

Lennie Riblet — Secretary 
Loren Riblet — Treasurer 
Our faithful advisors are Mike Miller and Herman 
Reusser. 

We are working towards the completion of our 
goals and currently we are planning our public service. 

Rex McConahay 
President 



Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 



C. Y. Gilmer 



HELL IS — 

HELL IS a place of punishment (Rev. 20:10), of 
everlasting punishment (Matt. 25:46) ; a place 
of physical pain for the "whole body" (Matt. 5:29, 
30) as well as soul (Matt. 10:28); a place of. unan- 
swered prayer (Ps. 22:1; Lu. 16:23-31); a place of 
parting and of no return (Matt. 25:46). Hell is re- 
served for the Devil and the fallen angels (Jude 6; 
Matt. 25:41), but "the lost sheep of the house of 
Israel" will also be there (Rom. 9:2, 3; 10:1-3) be- 
cause they deny "that Jesus is the Christ" (I Jn. 2: 
22, 23). The unbeliever, Jew or Gentile, is lost (Jn. 
3:18). Great multitudes are on the broad way that 
leads to destruction (Matt. 7:13). 

Men who love sin are hell-bound (Jn. 3:19). Sin 
beguiles men to sinful deeds (I Jn. 2:15). The lovers 
of sin are haters of holiness (Heb. 12:14). Men are 
lost because they reject Christ (Jn. 3:36). Man's 
guilt unforgiven spells spiritual death (Ezek. 18:20). 
Hell is not only a place of torment (Rev. 14:10, 11), 
but also a place of vile companionships (Rev. 21:8), 
and of wicked persons (Rom. 1:29-31). 

"Blasphemers, swearers, haters of God, 
Christ-rejectors while here on earth trod; 



Murderers, gamblers, drunkards and liars, 
Will have their part in the Lake of Fires; 

The filthy, the vile, the cruel and mean. 
What a horrible mob in Hell will be seen!" 

After Hell comes the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20:13-15), 
a devouring fire (Isa. 33:14), a bottomless pit (Rev. 
20:1), everlasting burnings (Isa. 33:14), a furnace 
of fire (Matt. 13:41, 42). The destiny of the unsaved 
is a place of torments (Lu. 16:23), where God is 
cursed (Rev. 16:11), a place of filthiness (Rev. 22: 
10, 11), a place of no repentance (Matt. 12:32), of 
no rest (Rev. 14:11), of blackness and darkness for- 
ever (Jude 13) . Into this abyss people will be cast 
alive (Rev. 19:20), where their breath will be a living 
flame (Isa. 33:11), and the smoke of their torment 
will ascend forever and forever (Rev. 14:11). 

And yet souls carelessly are slipping into Hell (Heb. 
2:1-4). Little is their concern that all sin must come 
to judgment (Eccles. 12:14), and that their own sins 
will bring them in person into judgment (11:9). Judg- 
ment will be fair and just (Rom. 2:2). The sin of un- 
belief will be judged (Jn. 16:9). 

Since so much is at stake, the cost of redemption 
is necessarily great (I Pet. 1:18, 19). Salvation is 
more than a match in contrast to damnation (Col. 
2:9, 10; II Pet. 1:2-4)'. Any one who really wants to 
go to Heaven may do so (Rev. 22:17). Heaven is free 
(Eph. 2:8, 9; Isa. 55:1). It is ours for receiving Christ 
(Jn. 1:12), for which "He hath made us accepted in 
the Beloved" (Eph. 1:6). But neglect means lost op- 
portunities, and no escape from a misspent and 
wasted life (Jer. 8:20), no escape from a hardened 
heart (Heb. 3:12, 13), and no escape from Hell (Prov. 
29:1). 



February 29, 1964 



Page Twenty-three 



THE 
HYMN 
SCHOOL 



by Jean Lersch 



^"SE DEVELOPMENT of this passion hymn demon- 
1 strates the universal attraction of our Savior. 
The text began in a twelfth century monk's cell as 
part of a devotional poem for Holy Week. Gazing upon 
the crucifix, Bernard Virrote verses addressing the 
feet, knees, hands, side, breast, heart, face and head 
of Christ on the cross. 

The Reverend Paul Gerhardt, in the seventeenth 
century, changed the section addressing the head 
into a German hymn. Two hundred years later, the 
Reverend James Alexander translated into English 
this hymn of concentration upon Jesus Christ. Thus 
our hymn for the month of March began as a Roman 
Catholic verse in Latin, changed into a Lutheran hymn 
in German and finally became an English hymn by 
a Presbyterian." 

The evolution of the tune deserves equal attention. 
It began as a German folk song of the Middle Ages. 
Leo Hassler, organist to the Elector of Saxony, refined 
the melody for holy use. But the harmonic enrichment 
was supplied by the master, J. S. Bach. 

"Bach became a church organist and choirmaster 
in the Lutheran tradition. In a hfetime of dedication 
he did the work of a conscientious man who made 
the most of his God-given talent, and produced a glo- 
rious quantity of sacred music. Unlike many artists, 
he was more diligent than sensational. He loved his 
family, his work, and his church in a very plain and 
unusual manner. He composed his chorales and can- 
tatas, not for public acclaim or posterity, but simply 
for a worshiping congregation which met each Sun- 
day and wished to offer its thanks to God." ("A Calen- 
dar of Hymns" compiled by Frederic Fox, Dolphin 
Books, Doubleday & Co.) 



Hymn of the Month: 



O Sacred Head, Now Wounded 



German by Paul Gerhordt, 1656 
English by J, W. Alexander, 1830 



H. L Hassler, 1601 
^^ Harm by J. S. Bach, 1729 



1. O sa - cred. Head, now wound- cd, With grief and 

2. What Thou, my Lord, hast suf-fercd Was all for 

3. What lan-guaqe shall I bor - row To thankThoe 




shame weighed down, Now scorn-ful-l\/ sur-round-ed With 
sin - ncrs' gain; Mine, mine was the trans-grcs-slon, But 
dear -est Friend, For this, Thy dy-inq sor- row,Thy 




thorns, Thine on - ly crown; How pale Thou art with 
Thine the dead- ly pain. Lo, here I fall, my 
pit - y with - out end? O, make me Thine for- 




corn! Ho 



an - gulsh,Wlth sore a-buse and scorn! How does that 
Sav - lour, 'Tis 1 de-serve Thy plac«; Look on me 
ev - er. And should! faint-ing be, Lord, Let me 




vis cujc lan-gulsh Which once was bright as morn! 
with Thy fa - vor Vouch-safe to me Thy gra.cc. 
nev - cr, ncv - cr_put- live mv love to Tnee- 




Ascribed to Bernard of Clairvaux, 1091-1153 



Cuts furnished by 
COOPERATIVE RECREATION SERVICE, INC. 



Compare the countenance of the Savior in the hymn with the Suffering Servant in Isaiah 53. 



The Hymn 

Stanza 
1 "with grief and shame weighed down" 
1 "Now scornfully surrounded" 
1 "How art thou pale with anguish," 

1 "How does that visage languish," 

2 "What thou . . . hast suffered was all 

for sinners' gain;" . _ - 

2 "Mine was the transgression," 
2 "But thine the deadly pain." 
2 "Lo, ... I deserve thy place;" 



Isaiah 53 

Verse 
3 "a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief" 
3 "He is despised and rejected of men;" 
7 "He was oppressed and . . . afflicted," 
2 "he hath no form nor comeliness;" 

5 "he was wounded for transgressions" 

5 "the chastisement of our peace was upon him;" 

5 "he was bruised for our iniquities:" 

6 "All we like sheep have gone astray;" 



Stanza three is our response to "love so amazing, so divine." As another hymn writer has led our re- 
sponse, may we follow. "Here, Lord, I give myself away. 'Tis all that I can do." Take a long look, a 
concentrated gaze upon Jesus Christ on the cross. It can change your life. 



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ch 7. 1964 







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Contributing Editors: 
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Sunday School Lesson Comments 

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In This Issue: 

Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: "World Missions" 3 

News from the Brethren 4 

Weddings 4 

Coming Events 4 

Sisterhood 5 

The Brethren Layman 6 

Sunday School Lesson Comments 7 

World Mission Offering Promotional Section 8 

Prayer Meeting Bible Study 15 

Spiritual Meditations 15 

Woman's Missionary Society 16 

Daily Devotions — March 15-21 17 

Children's Devotions — March 15-21 18 

The Brethren Youth 20 

Pastors' Conference on Faith and Order 

Program 22 

World Religious News in Review 23 



NOTES and COMMENTS 



THE ASPINALLS LEFT FOR ARGENTINA— 

AFTER many delays and disappointments, the 
Aspinalls left the Cleveland Airport for 
South America on Wednesday morning, Feb- 
ruary 26, to take up their work as our mission- 
aries in Argentina. They will be associated with 
the Rowseys, the Bylers and the Solomons. 

Be sure to remember them in your prayers 
as they adjust to the new surroundings in which 
they will find themselves. 



RECRUITMENT SUNDAY— 

SEVERAL inquiries have been made relative 
to Recruitment Sunday which is an an- 
nual date sponsored by the Ashland Theological 
Seminary. 

In previous years, this Sunday has always been 
in March. However, this year it will be in April 
since Easter comes in March. 

The date has been set for April 12. The first 
issue of The Brethren Evangelist in April (April 
4) will carry materials relative to Recruitment j 
Sunday. 



A BRIEF ANNOUNCEMENT RELATIVE 
TO GENERAL CONFERENCE— 

DUE TO THE BUILDING of the new dormi 
tory on Ashland College Campus, Jacobs i 
Hall will be closed during Conference week. 

Meals will not be served on campus this year, 
however, plans are in the making to have meals 
served in one of the local churches. 

Also, rooms will not be available in Jacobs 
Hall, very few for adults in Kate Myers Hall, 
therefore, a housing committee has been ap- 
pointed to secure rooms in private homes. 

Announcements relative to this will be forth- 
coming in an early issue of The Brethren Evan- 
gelist. 



PASTORS' CONFERENCE 
ON FAITH AND ORDER— 

PLEASE NOTE the dates of this Conference 
— April 7-9! The program is found on page 
22 of this issue of The Brethren Evangelist. 

If you do not have room available for this; 
week, please contact Mrs. L. E. Lindower, 1111, 
King Road, Ashland, Ohio. It should be stressed 
that this service should be limited to those who 
would not have access to free or low cost rooms. 

In case you need such a room, be sure your 
request is in before March 31! 




March 7, 1964 



Page Three 




the 

editor's 

editorial 



FOR, "every one who calls upon the name of 
the Lord will be saved." 

But how are men to call upon him in whom they 
have not believed? And how are they to believe 
in him of whom they have never heard? And 
how are they to hear without a preacher? And 
how can men preach unless they are sent?" Ro- 
mans 10:13, 14; RSV. 

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, 
baptizing them in the name of the Father and 
of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them 
to observe all that I have commanded you; and 
lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age." 
Matthew 28:19, 20; RSV. 

These two passages of Scripture give us reason 
and purpose for World Missions. Our Lord com- 
mands us to evangelize the world; in the Romans 
passage we are told to send those to preach and 
teach. 

Let's take a quick look at our own Brethren 
foreign mission work. In 1940 we had very little 
in way of mission work due to the problems which 
beset the Brethren Church. Dr. C. F. Yoder was 
struggling with the work that was left in Argen- 
tina, but he needed more manpower and it was 
not available at the time. It was some ten years 
before we could see our way clear to really begin 
on a Foreign Missionary program. There were 
at least three reasons for this. 1. Our people were 
too stunned with the problems of the late thirties 
and early forties to give the proper impetus to 
a full scale program. 2. There were no candidates 
in training for foreign mission work. 3. Finances 
did not allow a progressive program. 

The picture has changed, however, within the 
past fifteen years. The Missionary Board has put 
forth every eifort for a sound program, and they 
have succeeded. Under the Missionary Board, 
many have been trained and sent to Argentina 
and Nigeria. To name them: Rob Bylers, John 
Rowseys, Ray Aspinalls, Robert Bischofs, Glenn 
Shanks, Charles Krafts, Kenneth Solomons, and 



World 



fi 



issions 



the Wm. Curtis' who have had training but are 
still in the United States. There are others wait- 
ing and considering the Foreign Mission field. 

Perhaps you are saying that the list is not 
very long, but remember the time it takes to train 
men and women for this work; also, remember 
the cost of such a program. Certainly the Mis- 
sionary Board has done much with the funds 
they have received from us and they could and 
would do more if we would give more. 

Now, back to the Scripture — And how can 
men preach unless they are sent? 

All of us cannot go to Argentina or to Nigeria 
— or can we ? The responsibility of sending others 
is definitely placed upon you and me! And when 
we give of our material wealth to send others, we 
are in reality sending ourselves for there is where 
our interests are. 

There are Christians who say they do not be- 
lieve in world missions — in fact, there are Breth- 
ren who say they do not believe in world mis- 
sions. These people, then, do not believe in the 
Scriptures, for God tells us very definitely that 
we are to teach all nations and that we are to 
send out missionaries! You take the missionary 
program out of the Word of God and you have 
very little; you take the missionary program out 
of the local church and you have a self-centered, 
selfish, unconcerned, non-Christ-like church! A 
church that does not have a missionary program 
is a church that will soon die; on the other hand, 
a church that has a missionary program is a 
church that will grow! And — the greater the 
work done for missions, the stronger the church ! 

The Missionary Board can do only what we 
allow them to do ; this is determined by our mate- 
rial support! So you see, we must get behind the 
Missionary Program as outlined by our Mission- 
ary Board! 

Many are concerned about the growth (nu- 
merically) of the Brethren Church — could it be 
that we haven't grown because we are not mis- 
sionary-minded ? S. G. 



Pasre Four 



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HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND. ReV. W. 

S. Benshoff was the guest speaker 
on radio WJEJ for the "Morning 
Devotions" broadcast from March 
2-6. 

AKRON, OHIO. Rev. J. R. Black re- 
ports that work on the new ad- 
dition to the present church has 
begun. 

ASHLAND, OHIO (PARK STREET) . ReV. 

Phil Lersch reports that thirteen 
persons received certificates for 
completing a training class in 
"Stewardship" taught by Rev. Spen- 
cer Gentle recently. 

NORTH GEORGETOWN, OHIO. Sunday, 
February 23, was the last Sunday 
for Rev. and Mrs. Jerald Radcliff 
and family serving as pastor of the 
church. A farewell event was held 
in their honor. The Radcliffs moved 



into the parsonage of the Johns- 
town III church in Johnstown, Pa., 
during the week of February 23, 
where Rev. Radcliff has accepted 
the pastorate. 



COMING EVENTS 

MANSFIELD, OHIO. "Devotional Life 
in the Home" series — March 9-13. 
Rev. Charles Munson, guest speak- 
er. Jerry Grieve, pastor. 

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA. Pre-Easter 
services — March 22-25. Rev. Kent 
Bennett, guest speaker. Rev. John 
T. Byler, pastor. 

HOWE, INDIANA (BRIGHTON CHAPEL). 

Revival services — March 30-April 5. 
Rev. Claude Stogsdill, evangelist; 
Rev. A. O. Curtright, pastor. 



DENVER, INDIANA. Revival services 
— March 15-22. Rev. Harold Barnett, 
evangelist; Rev. George Hapner, 
pastor. 

NORTH LIBERTY, INDIANA. ReVlVal 

March 14-21. Rev. V/. E. Thomas, 
evangelist; Rev. Wm. Curtis, pastor. 



Weddings 

HARRISON-AARON. Mr. Eugene 
Aaron and Miss Edna Jane Har- 
rison were united in marriage on 
January 31, 1964, in the Wash- 
ington, D. C, Brethren Church. Rev. 
Jerry Flora performed the cere- 
mony. Both of these young people 
are members of the Washington 
church and are making their home 
in Miami, Florida. 

Mrs. Ona Lee Sams 
Corresponding Secretary 



We like the short line run re- 
cently in the Houston Times: "If 
you want your neighbor to know 
what Christ will do for him, let 
the neighbor see what Christ has 
done for you." 

Frank S. Mead in TarbeU's 
Teachers' Guide for 1964 
(Fleming H. Revell Company) 



CAMP BETHANY FIRE 




ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, fire swept through 
the chapel at Camp Bethany and destroyed the 
building. Above is a picture of the ruins. The kitchen 
(in the background) was not too badly damaged; 
the fireplace and chimney were left standing. 

The Camp Board has had several meetings and 
wish to announce that there will be camp this sum- 
mer. The board is making plans for immediate re- 
construction of the chapel. 

The cause of the fire has not been definitely de- 
termined. 



TURNING THE TUBS 

A town, not long ago, was about to vote dry. The 
wife of the liquor seller — the only saloon in town — 
said in tones of almost despair to her Negro wash- 
woman: "If this town goes dry, I will not be able 
to pay you to do our washing any more. I do not 
know how we can live ourselves." The generous- 
hearted colored woman sympathetically answered; 
"Don't you worry, honey. If your husband has to shut 
up his liquor place, my husband won't be able to get 
drunk and we will have plenty and you can come and 
do our washing." 

— American Issue, Kansas Edition. 



WHY? 

Wliy should we give money to save the heathen 
abroad when there are heathen in our own country? 

Why should I give money to save those in other 
parts of the country when there are needy ones in 
my own state? 

Why should I give for those in other parts of the 
state when there are needy ones in my own town? 

Why should I give to the poor of the town when my 
own church needs the money? 

Why should I give to the church when my own 
family wants it? 

Why should I give to my family what I want myself? 

Why? Because I am a Christian; not a heathen. 

— Selected. 



March 7, 1964 



Page Five 



iSfEWOD 



GOAL NUMBER 6 






Dear Girls, 

The goal we want to consider 
this month is "to have each girl 
donate babysitting or another labor 
of love outside the home sometime 
during the year." I think this goal 
will be the most fun of all to meet. 

You have perhaps noticed that 
we are stressing stewardship this 
year because so many societies fell 
short in this area last year. Most 
of us have such a small amount 
of money that a tithe is not much 
to give. But all of us have twenty- 
four hours in a day and the part 



of that time that we give to God 
is as important as the tithe of 
money. Therefore, this goal would 
like to see every girl in your society 
give some of her time unselfishly. 

I don't think I need to suggest 
to you ways to be of service to 
others. I would hope that you Sis- 
terhood girls have a Christian love 
for others that seeks out ways to 
show that love. Babysitting is sug- 
gested in the goal only as an ex- 
ample of the type of service we 
meant. Anything you can do for 
someone else would be considered 
a "labor of love" if that is the 
spirit in which you do it. Now, we 
had to rule out your immediate 
family because we all have Moms 
who put us to work without pay. 
That's just part of being a daugh- 
ter. 

This goal is meant to be an in- 
dividual effort on the part of each 
girl. Each of us has different ex- 
periences and while one of us will 
have a neighbor in the hospital 



who needs her house cleaned, 
another will have a grandmother 
who needs help putting out her 
flowers. (It's almost that time.) Let 
each girl be responsible to donate 
her own time in her own way. 

Of course, the ideal would be for 
you to enjoy so much the act of 
serving others that you will con- 
tinue to hunt for ways to show 
your love for your brethren. John 
the Apostle wrote about our love 
for one another and said, Beloved, 
let us love one another: for love 
is of God; and every one that lov- 
eth is born of God, and knoweth 
God. 

GIVING 

Not what we give, but what we 

share. 
For the gift without the giver is 

bare; 
Who gives himself with his alms 

feeds three — 
Himself, his hungry neighbor and 

Me. 

James Russell Lowell 



LIFE'S MIRROR 

There are loyal hearts, there are spirits brave. 
There are souls that are pure and true, 
Then give to the world the best you have. 
And the best will come back to you. 

Give love, and love to your life will flow, 
A strength in your utmost need. 
Have faith, and a score of hearts will show 
Their faith in your word and deed. 

Give truth, and your gift will be paid in kind; 

And honor will honor meet; 

And a smile that is sweet will surely find 

A smile that is just as sweet. 

For life is the mirror of king and slave. 
'Tis just what we are and do; 
Then give to the world the best you have, 
And the best will come back to you. 

Madeline Bridges 



THE INDISPENSABLE MAN 

Sometime when you are feeling important 

Sometime when your ego is in bloom, 
Sometime when you take it for granted 

You're the best qualified man in the room, 
Sometime when you feel that your going 

Would leave an unfillable hole — 
Just follow these simple instructions 

And see how it humbles your soul. 
Take a bucket and fill it with water, 

Put your hand in it up to the wrist. 
Pull it out and the hole that's remaining 

Is the measure of how you'll be missed. 
You may splash all you please when you enter. 

You can stir up the water galore; 
But stop and you'll find in a minute 

That it looks quite the same as before. 
The moral in this quaint example, 

Is — Do the best you can. 
Be proud of yourself, but remember: 

There is no indispensable man. 

— Anonymous. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 




Views 

and 

Comments 



Floyd S. Benshof^ 

APRIL ... 

. . . Seminary and Ministerial Recruitment Month 

IF THE CHURCH SHOULD QUIT 



1. The greatest moral influence for good in 
the world would be removed. 

2. Thousands of ministers of the Gospel 
would join the ranks of the unemployed. 

3. You'd be without a Saviour (is it not 
logical that Christ would cancel His second com- 
ing if there were no Bride to come to receive 
Him). 

4. Your loved ones who have gone before, 
would have believed in vain. 

5. The world might continue on its down- 
ward path for an indefinite number of years, if, 
and until, some bomb-happy dictator would let 
loose the pent-up deviltry of the centuries past. 

6. The Lord's Day would be a thing of the 
past (review at this point, your present obser- 
vance of His day). 

7. TV and radio stations would have to re- 
vise their schedules . . . some. 

8. Many hospitals would close their doors. 

9. Community chests and other welfare ef- 
forts would dwindle to a minimum. 

10. Marriage would fast become an "un- 
necessary" institution. 

The above is a very short list of the countless 
things, situations, etc., which would be altered 
"if the church should quit." You have not a bless- 
ing which could long remain, if the church should 
quit. 

The church quit ? NO ! We have our confi- 
dence in the statement of the Lord, whose re- 
turn is imminent : The gates of Hell shall not pre- 
vail against it. 



Proceeding after, we hope, establishing the 
fact that the Church is the most vital of bodies 
on earth, let us pose the question to any readers 
of this column: "Am I doing what I should to 
keep her (the church's) doors open?" 

The Church has long been taken for granted 
by the general public as we know it, especially in 
our U. S. A. With a physical church plant on ev- 
ery third corner in many communities, it has 
added untold millions to the worth of real estate.- 
Its silent testimony enriches saint and sinner 
alike. With its teaching and preaching program, 
it is the greatest single influence toward keep- 
ing crime to a minimum. 

But the Brethren Church is short of ministers. 
We have pastorless churches scattered all over 
this land. We have churches v/ho share pastors 
with another church who deserve, desire and could 
use full-time service to good advantage, but there 
is not an adequate supply of ministers. Some 
would even question the wisdom of starting new 
churches because of the lack of ministerial lead- 
ership. We have, in a sense, a chain reaction situa- 
tion that stems, basically, from too few preachers. 

Again, there are those who would place the 
blame for this primary lack on the college and 
seminary. To minimize their importance in the 
over-all welfare of our denomination is foolhardy. 
But 'tis true, neither the college nor the seminary 
can turn out what we, the local church laity, don't 
turn in. The Ashland, Ohio, headquarters, does 
a good job of publicity and recruitment in our 
churches, but we must surely furnish the leads. 



March 7, 1964 



Page Seven 



We must encourage young men in our churches 
to answer the call. "The call," that ambiguous, 
uncertain term, is often initiated by the dedicated 
layman who lays his hand on a young man or older 
boy's shoulder and speaks to him on the very 
subject of becoming a minister. Tlie denomina- 
tion, and many local congregations on their own, 
give financial encouragement to likely young peo- 
ple; government loans are available, along with 
scholarships, on the college level. 

But, finances aside, the biggest push needed 
in our Brethren fraternity in the life-line of 
supply of ministers is the friendly counselling 
of pastors and laymen, with young men who show 
some capabilities, back home. With the quiet wat- 
ering of the Holy Spirit on the seed thus planted, 
ministers of great stature have arisen. 

F. S. B. 



NEWS FROM LOCAL 

LAYMAN ORGANIZATIONS 

DERBY, KANSAS 

SINCE THE Derby Brethren Laymen's Organization 
is approximately one and one-half years old, 
we are proud to report that we have gained two new 
members in the last six months. 

We would like to challenge any other Laymen's 
Organization in the denomination to a one hundred 
per cent membership, that is, every layman of the 
church a member of the Laymen's Organization. In 
the Derby church, every man is a member except 
one and we are continuing to pray that some day 
he will join us and make us one hundred per cent. 

We are looking forward to the Mid-West District 
Laymen's Meeting which will be held at Derby on 
March 14, 1964. We are hoping for a good representa- 
tion from all the churches in the district for we al- 
ways enjoy these meetings and doing the work of 
the Lord in our small way. 

Joe E. Delcamp 
President 



ELKHART, INDIANA 

Dear Brother Floyd, 

At our January meeting, the laymen of the First 
Brethren Church made plans for the Northern In- 
diana District Laymen's Rally which was held here 
on March 2. We had a fine speaker by the name of 
Ken Anderson, from Winona Lake. He is the director 
of a Christian Film Corporation which produces re- 
ligious films. He is the author of religious books and 
also a world traveler, having traveled recently with 
the Ventures for Victory basketball team in the Orient. 
This man, we feel, had a wonderful message for the 
laymen of our northern district. 

We also had the Christian Heirs Men's Quartet of 
this city. This group has been singing together for 



about four years. They have sung in several of our 
northern Indiana churches and at rallies at Ship- 
shewana Lake. We, here at Elkhart, enjoyed the fel- 
lowship of these Brethren laymen and an evening 
of inspiring messages in song and word. 

Working for the Lord, 
Roderick N. Rodkey, 
Vice President 



Sunday School 

Lesson Comments 



Carl H. Phillips 



Topics copyrighted by tlie International CouncU 
of Religious Education. Used by permission. 



Lesson for March 15, 1964 
PILATE JUDGED BY JESUS 

Text: John 18:28-38a 

WHEN JESUS was brought to trial, we see at once 
that it is not only Jesus standing before the 
judgment bar but those who came to accuse and 
those who sat in the judgment seat. Pilate was more 
on trial than was Jesus. Everyone involved knew that 
they were making a mockery of justice. The Jews knew 
that their witnesses were liars. Pilate knew that Je- 
sus was innocent. Jesus knew that He was innocent. 
Since those basically involved, the court system of 
both the Jews and Romans, knew that Jesus was in- 
nocent the real party on trial was the members of 
the court. Pilate was the key figure in representing 
the law, for it was up to him alone to pass the death 
sentence (John 19:10, 11). 

Pilate is actually on trial before Jesus, before the 
Jews, the Roman Empire, God. There are several 
questions that he must answer. Who is Jesus (18:33, 
37)? Of what is He guilty (18:35)? In what way is 
"truth" being served by me (18:37, 38)? Am I being 
forced to pass judgment on God Himself (19:7-9)? 
Is it expedient for the security of my office or for 
the security of Roman authority to allow an inno- 
cent man to die to appease an aroused nation (19: 
12-14) ? We know that Pilate had arrived at a sen- 
sible conclusion to these answers and honestly wanted 
to see justice done. He tried to persuade the crowd 
to go away and let Jesus go free. However, fear and 
selfishness tramped down his weak efforts. Jesus was 
turned over to the raving mob. 

We are all in much the same position as Pilate 
and must answer very similar questions. We must de- 
cide for ourselves who Jesus is and what He has 
done. After deciding what we believe about Him we 
must decide whether our subsequent action will be 
serving the "truth" principle which He represented 
and in fact was. We may not be able to define truth 
but we are always well aware of it and of how near 
we come to living up to it. We also know that when 
we violate the truth in our action that our con- 
science is not appeased nor our soul satisfied with 
the excuse that "I was afraid" or "they talked me 
into it." Neither will violation of truth add strength 
to the system of law and life under which we live. 
Shall we do evil that good may come (Rom. 3:8)? 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



STAY-BEHIND MISSIONARIES 



by Reverend Phil Lersch 



THESE ARE THE WORDS of the Apostle Paul in 
Romans 10: For whosoever shall call upon the 
name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they 
call on him in whom they have not believed? and how 
shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? 
and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how 
shall they preach, except they be sent? 

When we discuss missions we often concentrate our 
remarks first of all upon the HEARERS — the unsaved 
around the world, those who are lost in sin, those who 
are underprivileged, those who must be reached for 
Jesus Christ. These are the hearers and we do need to 
understand their plight. 

Or we talk about the PREACHERS — those who are 
called by God and ordained by the church, those who 
are sent out to preach, those commissioned to carry 
the message of the Good News. We need more preachers, 
more missionaries on the field. We know the work of 
missionaries in our own and in other denominations. 
These are the preachers, the carriers of the Good News. 
They are a vital link in missions. 

But the Apostle Paul also mentions a third group in 
this passage — the SENDERS. How shall the preach- 
ers preach except they be sent? If preachers are to be 
sent someone must do the sending. We often overlook 
this very significant role that those of us remaining here 
at home have. We stay behind, yes. But we must be a 
part of the missionary picture. Without sending, the 
preaching is inadequate; without preaching, the hearing 
is inadequate; without hearing, believing and calling 
upon the name of the Lord are impossible. So much 
of the effectiveness of worldwide missions today depends 
upon the effectiveness of stay-behind missionaries like 
you and me. 

We need more people here at home that are fully 
aware of their deep involvement day by day in world mis- 
sionary work. So that we may know our vital part of 
the missionary program we need to consider what it 
means to say, "Let us support our missionaries." This 
word "support" comes from two Latin woi'ds, "sub" 
meaning under and "portare" meaning to carry. We pro- 
vide the undercarrying, the undergirding of the whole 
missionary program if we claim to "support" our mis- 
sionaries. 

We are stay-behind people, yes, but we are still mis- 
sionaries. In addition to our witness here at home — 
our responsibility to be missionaries in our communi- 
ties — we need to consider this other aspect of our mis- 
sionary work. We are missionaries in the worldwide 
scene even though we are the stay-behinders. 

Two incidents in the Scriptures should help us under- 
stand what is involved in being stay-behind missionaries. 



1. THE FIRST IS FOUND IN THE BOOK OF 
EZRA 1:1-4. A bit of the background — Nebuchad- 
nezzar, the king of Babylon, had invaded Judah and 
carried the Jews into captivity back to his native Baby- 
lon. The Jews had been there for seventy years when 
Cyrus, the King of Persia, invaded Babylon and con- 
quered. One of his first decrees was to allow all of the 
captives of Babylon to return to their homeland. This 
meant that the Jews could return to their homeland. 
Cyrus even encouraged the Jews to return to Jerusalem 
and rebuild their temple to God. Many of the Jews did 
not want to go back to Jerusalem. In Babylon they were 
not living under prison conditions; they were living 
in villages or townships. Many had prospered in cap- 
tivity. They enjoyed it there so they did not want to 
return to the labors of rebuilding a temple back in Je- 
rusalem. Now they preferred to help others go rather 
than go themselves. For a time they had been captives 
in Babylon, captives of the government. Now they were 
captives of their materialistic society. They had come 
to enjoy the luxuries, the comforts of Babylon and now 
this possessed them. They were still captives and per- 
haps they did not know it. They had simply exchanged 
their captivity, from Babylon to materialism. 

However, this choice did not excuse them from be- 
ing a part of the mission of the Jews going back to Je- 
rusalem, to rebuild the temple, for Cyrus added. Who- 
soever remaineth in any place where he sojourneth, let 
the men of his place help him with silver, and with 
gold, and with goods, and with beasts, beside the free- 
will offering for the house of God that is in Jerusalem. 

These stay-behind missionaries still had a responsibility 
to support the rebuilding of the Temple hundreds of 
miles away in Jerusalem. Perhaps we have a parallel 
situation today. The Solomons and the Aspinalls are 
not going to Argentina to rebuild a Temple; but they 
are going to help in the establishment of a place where 
the Word of God will be taught. And just as the Jews 
who remained in luxurious Babylon were commanded 
to support their mission, so are we today commanded 
to support our mission. 

Many times we hear people talk about the sacrifice 
of our missionaries. This is true and we respect the 
missionaries for their going out and their sacrifice. But 
some people seem to refer to this sacrifice of mission- 
aries believing that kind remarks fulfill an obligation. 
Church members subconsciously think that being sym- 
pathetic is all that is required. Talk about the sacrifice 
of those that are going out can lead to the feeling that 
the senders themselves are sacrificing. 

We know sacrifice and suffering can be vicarious, as 
it was in the case of Jesus Christ for us. But talking 



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about the sacrifice that missionaries are making is not 
vicarious. It does not excuse us. It is not the sacrifice 
on our behalf. Therefore we dare not believe that as 
soon as we acknowledge the sacrifice of our mission- 
aries we have met our obligation. Our acknowledgment 
of sacrifice is also our challenge. We must give of our 
abundance for we, too, are missionaries. We are the 
senders, as much a part of the picture as the preachers 
and the hearers. Without sending, there is no preaching; 
without preaching, there is no hearing; without hear- 
ing, there is no believing; without believing, there is 
no calling upon the Lord. Therefore, stay-behind mis- 
sionaries have as their first responsibility the support, 
financially, of the program of missions around the world. 

2. THE SECOND PASSAGE IS IN ACTS 13:2-3. In 
this passage is a description of the church at Antioch, 
the church that sent out the first Christian mission- 
aries. Here is what the Bible tells us about them. As 
they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost 
said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work 
whereunto I have called them. And when they had 
fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they 
sent them away. 

Charles Erdman writes concerning this passage: "The 
missionary enterprise obviously demands that the church 
at home must be spiritual, prayerful, self-denying, care- 
fully instructed in revealed truth, and deeply concerned 
in the work abroad . . . These early Christians did not 
seem to be much affected by the argument that 'there 
are heathen enough at home;' in Antioch there were 
a half million of pagans when the Holy Spirit said, 
'Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work where- 
unto I have called them.' " 

We must not only pay the way of the missionaries 
but, more important, the churches at home must be 
the spiritual force behind them, just as the Church at 
Antioch was the power and the force and the spiritual 
thrust that sent forth the first missionaries, Barnabas 
and Saul. This is also our responsibility as stay-behind 
missionaries. 

We pride ourselves in living in a progressive nation, 
in being a progressive people. Yet in some things we 
are so backward. We rather expect the missionaries on 
furlough to give us a new charge about the importance 
of missions. But the Bible says we are to be the power 
and support to give the missionaries encouragement. The 
church in Antioch was the power that sent forth Barna- 
bas and Saul. Often we expect the missionaries, not 
only to serve on the field, but to come home and stir 
up our enthusiasm, so that we have an interest in them 
and the Lord's work wlien they go back. 

If a missionary came home on furlough dejected, dis- 
couraged, tired, how much inspiration would he re- 
ceive from us to go back and win the unsaved to Christ? 
If he came back to the refueling station, how much 
fuel would he get to go out again and continue to hold 
high the banner of the Gospel? I am afraid to answer 
my own question. But it challenges me and I share it 
with you. 

This story is told by a visitor to the home of Dr. A. 
B. Simpson, the founder of the Christian and Missionary 
Alliance Church. This visitor arose very early one 
morning to go for a walk. In passing the study of Dr. 
Simpson, he glanced in and saw this preacher at his 
desk. He was having his morning devotions. After ob- 



serving the reading of the Bible, the visitor lingered 
at the door and saw Dr. Simpson begin to pray. Instead 
of kneeling or closing his eyes, he pulled over to the 
center of his desk a globe of the world. As he slowly 
turned the globe he prayed for country by country with 
all of his missionary acquaintances. He prayed for the 
unsaved. Then tlie visitor watched as the prayer was 
concluded. Dr. Simpson drew this globe even closer and, 
hugging it, he began to weep because of his compas- 
sion for those for whom he was praying. The tears 
flowed from his eyes, down his cheeks, and fell upon 
the globe — a fitting symbol for the compassion in this 
man's heart for the work of missions around the world. 
A great missionary statesman crying because of the 
great needs and demands of missions. 

When you and I cry, for what do we cry? Do we 
cry for the needs of the world or do we cry for our- 
selves and our condition? The church at home, the 
stay-behind missionaries must be the spiritual force, 
the power of love, the power of the preaching of the 
Gospel in every missionary endeavor. 

Stay-behind missionaries must be the spiritual un- 
dergirding and the support of all that is done in the 
name of Jesus Christ around the world. My friends, this 
is our two-fold task. Make no mistake about it, we are 
the STAY-BEHIND MISSIONARIES! 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



TEACH OTHERS ALSO 



by Reverend H. Raymond Aspinall 




Living quarters at Eden Bible Institute 



GOD CHOSE to spread the Good 
News of Jesus Christ through 
human agencies — men wlio would 
preach the Gospel and teach the 
Word. Paul wrote to his son in 
the faith, Timothy, what you have 
heard from me before many wit- 
nesses entrust to faithful men who 
will be able to teach others also. 
But those who would be teachers 
must first be taught. For this rea- 
son, training schools have long 
been a part of the mission work in 
Nigeria, and now a Bible Institute 
in Argentina is becoming a reality. 
The idea of a training school in 
Argentina is not new. Dr. C. F. 
Yoder, in the early years of this 
century, already saw the need of a 
Bible training school for the Ar- 
gentine church. Through the years 
plans were projected but for va- 
rious reasons never realized. In re- 
cent years, the field council in Ar- 
gentina expressed their concern 
over the need for the establish- 



ment of our own school. It should 
be emphasized that it was the faith 
of the missionaries, Reverend and 
Mrs. Robert Byler, Reverend and 
Mrs. Kenneth Solomon and Mr. and 
Mrs. John Rowsey, and the faith- 
fulness of the Argentine Brethren 
Church which kept alive the dream 
of the institute during these years 
when it almost seemed impossible. 

God provided in a wonderful way. 
The property at Eden was made 
available, the funds came from the 
W. M. S., and God had been speak- 
ing to our hearts since 1959. God 
opened the doors wide on the Bible 
Institute dream. 

During the year we spent in Costa 
Rica, I visited the Bible institutes 
of many different denominations. 
It was soon evident that these 
schools played a very important 
part in the total program of the 
church and provided many oppor- 
tunities of Christian service. 

There are exciting and demand- 



ing opportunities in Eden Bible In- 
stitute. The task of training leaders 
for the Brethren Church in Argen- 
tina is challenging. The young men 
and women who come to the insti- 
tute must bring with them an ex- 
perience of the redeeming love of 
Christ, but then we must build 
on that experience. What then is 
its task? 

First, the institute can provide 
an experience of communion and 
Christian fellowship. Some may 
never have known this kind of 
community relationship before. The 
daily life of the school will pro- 
vide opportunities for growth in 
the Christian life, and in the liv- 
ing Christ. 

Also, the institute can provide 
an adequate theological training for 
its students, preparing them with 
a strong Biblical foundation. It 
may also contribute to an academic 
preparation of leaders. 

Thirdly, the institute can help 
develop a Christian outlook or at- 
titude which will help each stu- 
dent to enter productively the work 
of the church and the community. 

It is fourthly believed that the 
Eden Bible Institute can be an in- 
strument for calling men and wo- 
men to the Christian ministry by 
outreach into the churches and by 
personal contact with the teachers 
and students. By ministry here, I 
mean the larger ministry of all 
Christians as well as the "pro- 
fessional" or technical ministry of 
pastors. 

Fifth, the school will provide op- 
portunities of practical Christian 
service as a vital part of the edu- 
cational program. We believe that 
Christian service is the normal ex- 
pression of a sound Christian life. 
Someone has said that we can 
learn only so much of the word 
of God, then that must be put into 
practice before any more can be 
taken in. Practical work will not 
be mere practice, but actual service 
done for Jesus Christ. It will mean 



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growth both for the student and 
for the church. 

With all these tasks, there is the 
larger task of presenting the Gos- 
pel of Jesus Christ through an Ar- 
gentine church by Argentine Chris- 
tian workers. An educated ministry 
and trained Christian laymen will 
be able to take their places in 
reaching out to all levels of Argen- 
tine society, to present the Gospel 
on a continent that has a smaller 
percentage of Christians than Af- 
rica. These are the wonderful op- 
portunities that God has given us 
in Argentina through Eden Bible 
Institute. Your investment in World 
Missions helps to take advantage 
of each opportunity. 





Note 


change in 






BOX 


NUMBER 






for 


Shanks 




Letters 


no longer are 


to be sent in c/o 


Hillcrest 


School. 


New address: 








Reverend and 


Mrs. Glenn Shank 






Box 652 








Jos, Nigeria 








West Africa 








JOHN ROWSEY 
in the 



JOHN ROWSEY, lay missionary, 
^ carries responsibility as radio 
technician in addition to perform- 
ing other specific and general tasks. 
He, along with other personnel 
from the studio, handled all the 
sound equipment and most of the 
music for the Second Pastors' Con- 
ference of "World Vision." This 
was followed by his working in a 
citywide Evangelistic effort in San 
Nicolas and then back to Buenos 
Aires for the installation of sound 
equipment for a week of Youth 
Evangelism in the large boxing 
stadium there. This work is of a 
professional quality, this fine talent 
has been used to help extend the 
Gospel through most of South 
America. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



"Those who have been found by Christ move with positive 
urgency to seek out their brothers." 










EVANGELIZING 

the 

HIGI PEOPLE 




Robert Bischof and Dandi Oaya 



photo by Gerald Neher 
G.B.B. 



W. Clayton Berkshire 



PEOPLE WHO DO NOT HAVE 
a knowledge of Christ and His 
Gospel need to be evangelized. Such 
are the people of the Higi Tribe 
in the eastern area of the Church 
of the Brethren-Brethren Mission 
in Nigeria, Africa. 

These people, numbering some- 
where in the neighborhood of 
100,000, in recent years have been 
coming down from the hills and 
settling in the plains where they 
now cultivate their farms and car- 
ry on a more cordial way of life 
within and without their commun- 
ities. New relationships bring new 
understanding and a greater flexi- 
bility as they move from isolation 
into the wider stream of outside 
influence. Changes in attitudes, in 



beliefs, in practices, and in aspira- 
tions are inevitable under these 
circumstances. 

It is not unreasonable to think 
that the Higi people might con- 
sider changing their old way of 
life, which is dictated by their 
traditional religion, for a new way 
of life and new religion because 
of the influences of change all 
around them. In reality this is ex- 
actly what is happening. The old 
way of life is inadequate. They are 
ready for a change; their minds 
are open to receive whatever new 
way of life is offered to them. Let 
me illustrate this by recalling the 
pointed explanation of one of the 
Nigerian pastors to our deputa- 
tion visiting Nigeria in 1954. We 



were discussing the matter of out- 
reach evangelism, when this pastor 
remarked, "The people are hungry. 
They are going to eat the food that 
is cooked for them. If we want to 
win them for Christ, hadn't we 
better cook the food and give it 
to them?" 

Time has proven the profound- 
ness of this Nigerian pastor's wis- 
dom. We need to move swiftly to 
capture the minds and hearts of 
these people for Christ and His 
Church. They are asking for more 
pastors, doctors and teachers who 
can lead them into this new way 
of life which they have observed 
others following. They are ready to 
accept the way of the Gospel. 

At Mbororo, the hub of the mis- 



THIS GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM SHALL BE Pf 
IN ALL THE WORLD/ ^ 



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sion work among the Higis, evan- 
gelism feeds through every opera- 
tion which takes place. The schools 
are an open avenue for evangelism. 
A Christian teacher finds unlimited 
opportunity to witness to the sal- 
vation which he knows in Christ 
Jesus. He has opportunity to teach 
the New Testament to his students 
and to present new truth to open 
minds. His life, which is lived 
through the power of God, bears 
witness of the new way of life 
which he follows. Frequently, this 
Christian teacher is also the lay- 
pastor of the local church, and 
thus his witness is intensified. 

The medical work, which brings 
restoration and healing to Nigerian 
bodies broken by disease, infection, 
malnutrition, and accident, has al- 
so an arm of evangelism extended 
to the lost and broken souls who 
come under this ministry. It is 
quite an ordinary experience to find 
those hospitalized or receiving med- 
ical help turning to Christ and 
thus finding a new life in Him. 
Medicine opens the door and of- 
fers an opportunity for Gospel wit- 
ness in word and deed. 

What has been said about the 
educational and medical thrusts 
among the Higis could also be said 
of the agricultural approach and 
any other mission-church directed 
phase of work with these tribes- 
people. This is simply to say that 
while areas' of effort are highly 
specialized to fulfill certain cor- 
responding needs, they automati- 
cally and necessarily, because of a 
sense of God-given mission, carry 
a dual role which includes that 
of evangelism. 

Bob and Bea Bischof, in their 
periodical reports to the church 
here in the States, have enumer- 
ated the fruits of evangelism in 
the Mbororo area. Their own in- 
dividual work has accounted for 
some of this harvest, but they 
would be the first to point out that 



these newborn believers have found 
Christ because of the combined wit- 
ness of dedicated people who are 
fulfilling their calling by the grace 
of God working in and through 
them. 

The most gratifying thing in the 
picture of evangelizing the Higi 
people is the diligent and enthu- 
siastic work of the Higi churches. 
Those who have been found by 
Christ move with positive urgency 
to seek out their brothers. There 
is evidence here of the freshness 
and the simplicity found in New 
Testament Christianity. Herein lies 
a valid principle which must ever 
be applied in fulfilling the mis- 
sion of Christ. Those who believe 
must become responsible in com- 
municating unto others the truth 
that has made them free. 

It is safe to say that in our 
own country many Christian peo- 
ple do not have a clear view of 



evangelism as it works in another 
country. They cannot see nor un- 
derstand the marvelous wonders of 
God's ability to work in a foreign 
culture, among pagan people to glo- 
rify Himself in redeeming His 
creatures. So many are able only 
to see Him working in terms of 
their own limited understanding, 
their prejudiced patterns, their own 
culture, and their small concept of 
a mighty, omnipresent and om- 
niscient God. 

William Cowper reminds us that 
"God works in mysterious ways His 
wonders to perform." We know 
that God does not limit Himself 
in His manner of working to the 
ways of our feeble understanding. 
Because "His ways are past find- 
ing out," we need to accept by 
faith that which He is doing in 
the midst of men, in the midst of 
the Higi people, to redeem them 
and to make them His own. 




Trine Immersion 'baptism as depicted here in Nigeria 

photo by Robert Swank 
G.B.B. 




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The Brethren Evangelist 




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WHAT 

OUR 

CHURCH 

IS 

DOING 

TO 

PROMOTE 

MISSIONS 

George W. Solomon 



WE BRETHREN at Louisville, 
Ohio, are seeking to promote 
missions in every way possible be- 
cause we believe that "the mission 
of the church is missions!" The 
Brethren Church has had a few 
great men of missions who believed 
that missions was the very heart 
of the Christian movement. But 
we also have many people who 
have not yet learned how to "hitch 
up" the church and missions. They 
almost always get the cart in front 
of the horse by a philosophy that 
seeks to satisfy local needs first, 
and then, if there is any left, give 
it to missions. God will never put 
His stamp of approval, or bestow 
His divine blessing, on such a sel- 
fish approach to the cause for 
which He gave His life. 

Last summer a MISSIONARY 
BOARD was installed in our church, 
which you see in the accompanying 
picture. This board is located in 
one of the heavily traveled halls 
just outside our sanctuary. It con- 
tains pictures of all our mission- 
aries with their names and ad- 
dresses. (A set of pictures like this 
can be purchased for $3.00 from 
Miss Helen Shively at Ashland Col- 
lege.) We also tack correspondence 
from our missionaries on this board 
from time to time. This attractive 
board, with its red and black let- 
ters on a white background, wit- 
nesses constantly to the need to 
PRAY and GIVE to missions. (Our 



two W. M. S. groups shared in the 
expense of this board.) 

"THE MISSIONARY NEWS" is 
another inexpensive means that is 
being used to promote missions. 
This is a mimeographed sheet in- 
serted in our Sunday bulletin once 
a month which carries special news 
items concerning our missions and 
our missionaries. For example, the 
January "Missionary News" carried 
information concerning the return 
of the Ken Solomons to Argentina, 
the delay in the departure of the 
Ray Aspinalls, and an item about 
the General Secretary's trip to Ni- 
geria. 

Our latest idea for mission pro- 
motion is not new or original with 
us. Many other churches are doing 
it and you might want to give it 
a try. We have what we call "THE 
MISSIONARIES OF THE MONTH" 
program. Each month we select a 
missionary family to which we seek 
to give our special attention in 
thought and prayer. We seek also 
to provide additional information 
regarding the family and their 
needs that our prayers might be 
more specific and meaningful. 
Through such a program, we feel 
our people will get to know our 
missionaries better. And to know 
them better will result in a more 
personal concern for each, thus 
contributing to the strength of the 
total missionary outreach. To fur- 
ther strengthen this program, we 



plan to write to each Missionary 
Family far enough in advance to 
have a letter from them regarding 
their special needs to present when 
they are "OUR MISSIONARIES OF 
THE MONTH." 

This past year, our church re- 
ceived a bequest. One thousand dol- 
lars was made as a special gift to 
this mission program from the be- 
quest. Several other gifts were made 
to district and denominational 
work. We sought to be unselfish in 
the use of this money, and we feel 
by being thoughtful of "others," 
God blessed more abundantly that 
which we used for ourselves. 

Our Finance Committee is at 
present working to promote a Uni- 
fied Budget for use in our next 
church year which begins on July 
1. In presenting the proposed Uni- 
fied Budget, they were not un- 
mindful of the need for greater 
mission concern and we are seek- 
ing for an increase of about seven 
per cent in next year's total giv- 
ing to the various denominational 
missions and benevolent causes. 

Dr. Oswald J. Smith, one of the 
greatest mission minded souls of 
our day, says: "I have discovered 
that missionary churches are the 
only really progressive churches." 
In other words, "the light that 
shines farthest, shines brightest 
nearest home." The writer of Prov- 
erbs proclaimed this truth several 



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millenniums ago: There is that 
scatter eth, and yet increaseth; and 
there is that withholdeth more than 
-is meet, but it tendeth to poverty 
(Prov. 11:24). In the light of these 
words of wisdom, it is no wonder 



that many of our churches "tend 
to poverty" and never have enough 
to pay the preacher and the fuel 
bills. The records of their mission 
giving reveal that they have shame- 
fully neglected the only task the 



Lord ever gave His Church — "GO 
INTO ALL THE WORLD ..." 

These are a few of the ways in 
which we are seeking to promote 
missions. What are you doing in 
your church? 




Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 



C. Y. Giimer 



MORTALITY 

"Death comes on with reckless footsteps, 

To the hall and to the hut. 
Think you death will tarry knocking 

Where the door is shut?" 

GOD'S WARNING of death to Adam was not in 
trifling words (Gen. 2:16, 17). Adam was made 
after God's image (Gen. 1:26). After the fall, Adam 
begat a son "in his own likeness" (Gen. 5:3). The 
results of spiritual death after the fall were appalling 
(Gen. 6:5, 12). To be fleshly minded is death be- 
cause the mind of the flesh is enmity against God 
(Rom. 8:6, 7). An enemy may be reconciled, but en- 
mity is enmity still (Rom. 7:8). The natural man 
cannot please God (Rom. 8:8). Only the faith of the 
regenerate can please God (Heb. 11:6). Death passed 
upon all men because all have sinned (Rom. 5:12). 
Man is dead to God because love to God is not his 
governing principle (Ps. 10:4; I Cor. 13:3). 

It is only by a new nature that man can reach 
Heaven (Jn. 3:6, 7). No skill nor culture can produce 
the new birth (Matt. 7:16). The unclean does not 
produce the clean (Job 14:4; 25:4). Fallen human 
nature and death are inherited (Ps. 51:5; Jer. 17:9). 
God knows what is in man (Rev. 2:23) and that evil 
is deep-seated in his heart (Mk. 7:21-23). Man can- 
not by his own strivings quicken himself (Rom. 7: 
19-24). Man cannot trust his own heart (Prov. 28:26). 

Death is our enemy (I Cor. 15:26). It is sin's wages 
(Rom. 6:23). But we are to make preparation for it 
(Prov. 22:3). Jesus Christ is the answer (Amos 4:12). 
Old Moneybags has no adequate insurance policy 
(Prov. 18:11). Christ alone has power over death 
(Heb. 2:14, 15). Eternal life can be had only in this 
life (Eccles. 11:3; Rev. 22:11). Decision in this life 
determines destiny (Jn. 17:3). True conversion to 
Jesus Christ for mercy and salvation can remove 
the fear of death (Jn. 17:3). 

"Today the Saviour calls, 

For refuge fly; 
The storm of justice falls. 

And death is nigh." 

Death is unpredictable (Prov. 27:1), but imminent 
(I Sam. 20:3), and inevitable (Heb. 9:27). Death is 
terrible because of sin {I Cor. 15:56), but Christ is 



the death of death (v. 55). Death is final as it settles 
our eternal condition (Lu. 16:22, 23). To die unsaved 
is to discover that God has a record of sin (Rev. 20: 
12), that Satan has deceived (Jn. 8:44; Gal. 6:7), 
that there is hteral fire in Hell (Lu. 16:23), that 
memory is retained (v. 25), that the greatest thing 
life has to offer has been missed (Matt. 16:26), and 
that all opportunity to be saved is forever gone (II 
Cor. 6:2), Let the sinner prepare by believing that 
Jesus is the Son of God, and by receiving Him as 
Saviour from sin (Jn. 3:16; 1:12), and he has God's 
assurance that for him Christ has won the victory 
over death and the grave (Rom. 8:38, 39). 

The Christian needs to be prepared to give an ac- 
counting of his stewardship (II Cor. 5:10; Rom. 14: 
12), to be fortified by growing in grace (Heb. 10:35- 
39), to co-operate and have fellowship in the work 
of the Lord (Heb. 10:25; I Jn. 1:7), and to aspire for 
Heaven (Phil. 4:13, 14). 



Spiritual Meditations 



Dyoll Belote 



'■■^"■'-•■''■■•■•"^ -'^ -■■ - 



WHAT ABOUT THE ANGEL IN YOU? 

By this shall all men knoio that ye are my dis- 
ciples, if ye have love one to another (John 13:35). 

THE RECORD has it that Michelangelo was one 
day passing through a builder's yard and espied 
a piece of discarded marble. He asked if he might 
have it, and that it be sent to his studio. The builder 
insisted that the piece was useless; "its many flaws 
make it useless," he declared. "But there's an angel 
imprisoned within it," insisted the sculptor, "and I 
can set that angel free." 

There is an angel imprisoned in each one of us, 
and what a shame, when so little would set that angel 
free. And God's love can set that angel free! The 
smile from a loving Christian heart can loose the 
angel in another heart, and cause it to blossom forth; 
the best in every heart is susceptible to the best in 
every other heart. Kind words, words of appreciation, 
words of consideration and thoughtfulness for others 
will release words of like character for us. 

When we allow the love of God to reign in our 
hearts, then will we be led to complete giving of self 
in service that sacriflces and ministries that love. 
And the joy that comes from that service, we shall 
surely find; a joy comparable to that which we shall 
feel when we hear the Master say, Well done, thou 
good and faithful servant. 



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i Outftooie/ 



Your National President Speaics . . . 

OUR MISSIONARY PROGRAM 
OUR RESPONSIBILITY 



MRS. RUSSELL RODKEY 




MISSIONARY BOARD 

OF THE BRETHREN CHURCH 



530 COLLEGE AVE. - ASHLAND, OHIO 



Mrs. Russell Rodkey, President 
National Woman's Missionary Society 
Route 1 
Kokomo, Indiana 

Dear Mrs. Rodkey, 

We acknowledge with thanks the check for $6,700 representing 
your W. M. S. thank offering for the support of our Brethren 
Missionary Program. 

We are dependent on the support of our Brethren people 
for carrying on our missionary ministry at home and abroad. 
It is gratifying to see the continued significant contributions 
being made by the W. M. S. Not only are we thankful for 
your financial support, we greatly appreciate the individual 
and collective support in prayer on behalf of our missionary 
persomiel. Your new program of stewardship education, 
with its accompanying contributions, marks another significant 
expression of your concern and participation. 

(From another letter.) 

As of this week, we are in receipt of the National Woman's 
Missionary Society's check in the amount of $6,400 representing 
the 1962-63 project for a missionary residence in Argentina. 

Again, we express our gratitude to your society for its 
consecration to the Lord in promoting missio?is and supporting 
missionaries with financial and prayerful consideration. 

Sincerely in Christ, 



M. Virgil Ingraham 



WHEN I THINK of the Mis- 
sionary Program of the 
Brethren Church, I am reminded of 
the eighteen dedicated Brethren 
who comprise our Missionary Board. 
These people are our representa- 
tives in the great task of formulat- 
ing plans to best propagate the 
Gospel at home and abroad. 

The first thing vi^e can do, and 
I am sure we want to do, is to 
pray for the personnel of this 
Board. We can find their names 
on pages 75 and 76 of The Annual. 
We can pray for the general sec- 
retary. Rev. Virgil Ingraham, and 
also each member that he or she 
will receive wisdom in the decisions 
they are called upon to make. 

We must pray, too, for our Broth- 
erhood that each member might 
feel led to contribute more of his 
material possessions so that the 
Board can more ably meet the 
financial requests that come to 
the Missionary Board office. 

Naturally, our next thought 
should be of our missionaries, their 
needs and their problems. Let us 
not be guilty of praying thus, "Lord, 
bless our missionaries." Let us men- 
tion each by name. We must read 
the missionary pages in The Breth- 
ren Evangelist so we can keep 
abreast of the problems and needs 
of our missionaries and we can 
pray more intelligently. 

We will want to thank God for 
the Ten Dollar Club and pray for 
every new Brethren Church. Then 
each pastor needs our prayers as 
they encounter experiences which 
are common to those starting a 



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new congregation and building a 

new chiurch. 

The Missionary Program of the 
Brethren Church is our program 
and we do have a major respon- 
sibility. When many think of 
stewardship, they see the dollar 
sign and forget that the steward- 
ship of time is so important. If ev- 
ery W. M. S. member would dedi- 
cate a portion of her time for 
prayer for our Missionary Board 
and our program, we cannot fathom 
what the results would be. 



I believe our prayers should be 
backed up with our material gifts. 
I read of a church group meeting 
to pray for a family needing food, 
fuel and clothing. As the group 
was asking God to send these 
things to the family, a knock was 
heard at the door. The deacon went 
to the door and there stood a little 
boy. He said his father had sent 
his prayers in a wagon; the wagon 
was loaded with food and clothing. 
We know our Missionary Board 
cannot operate without money, so 
let us pray and give. 



When there have been reports 
of answered prayer from our mis- 
sion points, never neglect to praise 
God for it. 

I am asking that each of you 
join with me during this month 
of March, for special prayer for 
our Missionary Board and our Mis- 
sionary Program. I feel this is the 
right month to share with you the 
letters from the Missionary Board 
in appreciation of the National Wo- 
man's Missionary Society's contri- 
bution to our Missionary Program. 



Daily Devotions 

General Theme for the Year: "APPROVED UNTO GOD" 
Theme for March — "IN OUR CHRISTIAN GROWTH" 



Writer for March — Mr. Charles J. Mishler 
>[arfh 15th through 2Ist — "Growing Through Spiritual Warfare" 



Sunday, March 15, 1964 

Read Scripture: I Peter 5 

Martin Luther told about two 
old goats. They chanced to meet 
one day on a narrow ledge far 
above a deep, swift river. Neither 
one could turn back, nor could they 
pass. If they were to butt each 
other, both would fall into the 
water below and be drowned. What 
should they do? "Well," said Lu- 
ther, "nature's God has taught the 
one goat to lie down and let the 
other pass over him, and then both 
will get to the end of the day safe 
and sound." He went on to point 
out that we often meet a fellow 
believer on the narrow way that 
leads to life. To butt our heads to- 
gether over some difficulty will only 
result in harm to both of us, and 
bring dishonor to the name of 
Christ. 

The Day's Thought 
"Be content if thy person be 
trod upon for peace's sake." — Mar- 
tin Luther. 

Monday, March 16, 1964 

Read Scripture: I Peter 4:12-19 

Peter is teaching a truth that 
may be easily overlooked. Our faith 
is tested by trial. One cannot de- 
termine the strength of a rope or 
a chain until tension is applied 



to it. Our faith is only as strong 
as the strain it will bear. 

James says that the trying (test- 
ing) of your faith worketh pa- 
tience (James 1:3). Are you fac- 
ing trials now? Are you passing 
through "fire"? Our Father knows 
how much strain we can bear. By 
not revealing what He is doing 
or why He is trying us, our faith 
is developed. 

We may ask, "What have I done 
that I should suffer so?" This is 
not faith but doubting Him who 
said. Think it not strange concern- 
ing the fiery trial which is to try 
you, . . . But rejoice (I Peter 4: 
12-13). 

The Day's Thought 

"Christians are hke tea — it takes 
hot water to bring out the true 
strength and flavor." 

Tuesday, March 17, 1964 

Read Scripture: Galatians 5:1-16 
A certain class in our high school 
included several outstanding stu- 
dents and also a few that placed 
little value on education or upon 
the worthwhile things of life. Be- 
fore the senior year was complete, 
some of the better students were 
beginning to think like the few 
that were lowering the standard. 
This attitude progressed until sev- 



eral very capable students from 
this class dropped from college be- 
cause "it wasn't worth the effort." 

It is a tragedy that this leaven 
spread to the good students of the 
class. How much better it would 
have been if this could have been 
replaced by the unleavened bread of 
sincerity and truth (I Cor. 5:8). 

If we are to grow spiritually and 
be effective for Christ, we must 
disassociate from that which pulls 
us down. 

The Day's Thought 

A little leaven leaveneth the 
whole lump (Gal. 5:9). 

Wednesday, March 18, 1964 
Read Scripture: Genesis 32 

Charles L. Allen is credited with 
the following observation. "We hear 
it said, 'The Golden Rule is my 
religion.' But the Golden Rule is 
nobody's religion. Some people say, 
'I must quit this or that wrong; I 
must clean up my life; I must 
change my way of living.' That is 
a fruitless and powerless resolution. 
But when the power of God through 
Christ comes into a life, those sins 
which doth so easily beset us (Heb. 
12:1) have power over us no longer. 
It is not through one's own will 
power but rather through the pow- 
er of God's will that one is saved." 

Jacob could not win the conflict 
until he reached out for God's 
power. 

The Day's Thought 

When you have a flght with your 
conscience and get licked, you win. 

Thursday, March 19, 1964 

Read Scripture: Romans 8:1-31 

Mrs. Ann Morrow Lindbergh tells 
of an experience in her book, Lis- 
ten, The Wind.', which illustrates 
the point for today. Mr. Lindbergh 



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was attempting to take off from a 
lake in the Azores with one of the 
finest planes in existence. It could 
not fly because there was not 
enough wind. All of a sudden there 
came a quick, sudden burst of wind 
and the plane literally shot into 
the air. 

So it is in our attempts to live 
a Christian life. We have strong 
human powers within us and still 
we fail. Then a strong "wind" which 
we call the Holy Spirit comes and 
lifts us. Our spiritual wings are as 
helpless as Mr. Lindbergh's plane 
on the windless lake without this 
outside power. 

The Day's Thought 

But they that wait upon the Lord 
shall renew their strength; they 
shall mount up with wings as eagles 
(Isaiah 40:31). 

Friday, March 20, 1964 

Read Scripture: Luke 22:39-46 



Many churches today no longer 
hold a weekly meeting set aside 
for prayer. Many churches that do 
provide time for such gatherings 
have only a minimum attendance. 

Yesterday a group of teachers in 
our school were discussing how 
easy it is to be dishonest today. 
It seems that the possibility for 
dishonesty is more prevalent at ev- 
ery flip of the calendar (unjust 
business practices, cheating on in- 
come taxes, etc.) . Could it be that 
Christ is still saying. Why sleep ye? 
rise and pray, lest ye enter into 
temptation (Luke 22:46)? 

God has offered promises suf- 
ficient to answer all our problems 
and needs. We need only to believe 
and depend on Him. 

The Day's Thought 

Casting all your care upon him, 
for he careth for you (I Peter 5:7). 



Saturday, March 21, 1964 

Read Scripture: Psalm 119:97-112 

The following statement about 
the Bible was printed on the back 
of a pastor's calling card: "This 
Book reveals the will of God, the 
state of man, the way of salvation. 
Its teachings are true; its precepts 
binding. It contains light to direct 
you, food to sustain you, and com- 
fort to cheer you. It is the trav- 
eler's map, the pilgrim's staff, the 
pilot's compass, the servant's teach- 
er, the Christian's charter. Christ 
is its grand object; our good its 
design; the salvation of all man- 
kind its end. It should fill the 
memory, rule the heart, and guide 
the life." 

A heart filled with this tremen- 
dous truth is equipped to meet the 
spiritual enemy. 

The Day's Thought 
The Bible is a vital source of 
supply for a soldier of the cross. 



CHILDREN'S 

DAILY DEVOTIONS - 

Mrs. Robert G. Hoisinger 



Easter 

Memory Scripture for the month — Mark 16:15 

And he said unto them. Go ye into all the loorld, 
and preach the gospel to every creature. 

March 15-21 

SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 1964 

Scripture: Matthew 26:36-41 

In Gethsemane 

George came in the backdoor slowly. "Mom," he said, 
"Frank's dad is very sick. He asked me to pray for 
him." 

"Yes," replied Mother, looking up from the potato 
she was peeling. "I know he is very sick. You know 
Jesus asked His friends to pray for Him in the Garden 
of Gethsemane, but they were so tired they went to 
sleep instead. Jesus was sad because they did not 
pray for Him. When our friends ask us to pray for 
them, it is important that we do it. Let's pray for 
Frank's dad right now." 

Mother dried her hands on the towel. Together 
she and George knelt by the kitchen chairs. They 
asked God to heal Frank's dad if it was His will and 
to comfort Frank and his mother during this sad time. 

God hears and answers all our prayers. We should 
remember to pray for other people every day — not 
just for ourselves and our family. 



Prayer : 

Dear God, thank You for hearing and answering 
all my prayers. Help me to remember to pray for other 
people. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

MONDAY, MARCH 16, 1964 

Scripture: Matthew 26:47-54 

The Betrayal 

"That Marcia Jones!" said Nancy as she came in 
from school. 

"What's wrong, dear?" asked Mother. "She's one 
of your best friends." 

"Yes, but do you know what she did? I told her 
I was making Miss Troy a pot holder as a surprise 
for her birthday. She went right up to Miss Troy's 
desk and told her. Isn't that mean?" 

Sometimes our friends do things that hurt our 
feelings very much. Judas was one of Jesus' friends. 
Yet he led the soldiers to Jesus. 

We need to pray for our friends when they are 
unkind. We need, too, to pray for ourselves that we 
will be good friends. 
Prayer : 

Dear God in Heaven, thank You for my friends. 
Help me to be a good friend to everyone. In Jesus' 
name I pray. Amen. 

TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 1964 

Scripture: Matthew 27:27-35 

The Mocking 

"I've got a new dress! An Easter dress!" sang Judy 
as she skipped ahead of Mother on the way home 
from shopping. 

"No, Judy," said Mother. "You do not have an Easter 
dress. You have a new dress because you need it. 
Easter is not a time to think about new clothes. It 
is a time to think about Jesus our risen Savior." 

You know, boys and girls. Mother was right. When- 



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ever we go into God's house, we should be neat and 
clean. If we need some new clothes, it's nice to have 
them to wear on Easter; it's more important, though, 
to go with clean hands and face and a joyful heart 
because we love God. 

Plan now to go to church Easter Sunday and every 
Sunday with your family to worship God. 
Prayer: 

Thank You, God, for our church. Help me to re- 
member to be happy and reverent when I go there. 
In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

WEDNESDAY, MAKCH 18, 1964 

Scripture: Matthew 28:1-8 

The Kesurrection 

Did you ever put something away then when you 
went to look for it, discovered it was gone? You were 
unhappy until you found it again. Weren't you? 

The women in today's Bible reading had seen Jesus 
buried in Joseph of Arimathea's garden. Now, when 
they came back, the tomb was empty. How sad they 
felt! 

Then the angel spoke to them, "He is risen!" 

The women began to remember the things Jesus 
had told them. Quickly they hurried back to the city. 
They wanted to share their glad news with His other 
friends. "Jesus is alive. Truly He is the Savior, sent 
from God!" 
Prayer : 

Thank You, God, that Jesus lives. Thank You that 
I, too, can live with Him forever. In His name I pray. 
Amen. 

THUKSDAY, MAKCH 19, 1964 

Scripture: Matthew 28:16-20 

The Great Commission 

The Huey family had just returned from church. 
A missionary from Nigeria, Africa, had been the 
speaker. 

"Wouldn't it be keen if we could go to Nigeria for 
our vacation?" asked Joel. 

"When will we go?" asked four-year-old Peter. 

Dad smiled. "We probably won't ever be able to 
travel there. But you know, God might want one of 
you children to go to Nigeria to work for Him." 

"No! Won't go," declared Peter. "I'll stay here." 

Of course, Peter didn't understand what Dad meant. 
Sometimes, though, that's the answer people who do 
understand give God. However, they are not happy 
when they are not obeying God. 

Jesus said, "Go and teach all nations." 

He may want you to go to another country to work 
for Him. He may ask you to go to another city or 
state. It may be He will want you to stay right at 
home and live for Him. 

Whatever God wants you to do, will you obey? 
Prayer: 

Dear God, help me to know what You want me 
to do now and when I am older. Help me to obey You 
at all times. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 1964 

Scripture: Mark 11:1-10 

Palm Sunday 

"The President is coming to town," everyone was 
saying. They read the newspapers and listened to 



WHAT ABOUT YOU? 

A lot of Christians are like wheelbarrows— not 

good unless pushed. 
Some are like canoes— they need to be paddled. 
Some are like kites— if you don't keep a string 

on them, they'll fly away. 
Some are like kittens— they are more contented 

when petted. 
Some are like a football— you can't tell which 

way they will bounce next. 
Some are like balloons— full of wind and ready 

to blow up. 
Some are like trailers— they have to be pulled. 
Some are like lights — they keep going on and 

off. 
Others let the Holy Spirit lead them. 
What about you? 



the radio and television. People wanted to know what 
time he would arrive and on what streets his car 
could be seen. 

At last the day arrived. People crowded along the 
streets. Little children were held on daddies' shoulders 
so they could see better. When the President's car 
came in sight, they shouted, "Hurrah for our Presi- 
dent!" They waved flags and handkerchiefs. Many 
waved their hands. They welcomed the President to 
their city. 

Long years ago, people heard Jesus was coming to 
their town. They went out to welcome Him. They 
waved palm branches and shouted "Hosanna!" They 
were glad Jesus was coming. 

Are you glad Jesus wants to be your Savior? Will 
you welcome Him into your life? 
Prayer : 

Thank You, God, that I can have Jesus for my 
Savior. Help me to accept Him. In His name I pray. 
Amen. 

SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 1964 

Scripture: Mark 14:3-9 

Jesus Anointed 

What is your most treasured possession? Your 
bike? Your doll? Your train? Whatever it is, would 
you give it to someone else? 

The woman in our Bible story had a bottle of very 
expensive perfume. Perhaps someone had given it 
to her. Perhaps she saved her money for a long, long 
time to buy it. 

It was so precious she did not use it. Perhaps she 
often looked at the pretty bottle. Perhaps she held 
it close to her nose to enjoy the fragrance. 

When she heard Jesus was in town, she wanted 
to give Him something to show her love. She took 
her bottle of perfume, opened it, and poured it on 
His head. The sweet smell filled all the house. 

This woman loved Jesus so much she gave Him 
the best she had. Do you love Him that much? 
Prayer : 

Thank you, God, that I can share the things I have 
with others. Help me to give my best to Jesus. In His 
name I pray. Amen. 



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bre-mren 
* Youth 

Crusaders 



IDEA 
BOX 




Big Sister, 
Big Brother Deal 



IDEA — 



Young people want friends and most of us have 
lots of friends, but once in a while, we need a spe- 
cial kind of a friend. Sometimes we need an adult 
friend whom we can trust and with whom we can 
talk over some problem that is bothering us, some- 
one who can help us make a decision we do not want 
to make, someone who will pray for us particularly. 
Sometimes, when we are down in the dumps, or lonely, 
or angry or abused, we wish we could talk to an older 
person who likes us and whom we respect. 

So this year, each boy and girl in our Youth group 
is choosing from this congregation an adult friend. 

In large high schools, a new freshman will have 
an upperclassman as a Big Brother or Big Sister. The 
Big Sister or Big Brother helps the freshman through 
that hard first year. We want to use the same idea 
to fit our church life. Our youth group is not large 
enough so we can select every man or woman in our 
congregation, but as the years go on, we hope every 
adult will serve sometime as a special friend to some 
young person. 

The young person will choose his own sponsor in 
this way. He will write down the names of three 
people whom he would like as a special friend. (Par- 
ents of the young person and youth sponsors are out.) 
The slips of paper are handed to the youth sponsors, 
and they choose one name from the three given. 
Several things will determine the choice. If the same 
person's name appears on several slips, the older 
youth gets his preference first. In any case, you can be 



sure that you will receive one person from your per- 
sonal list. Each adult will be contacted, but not until 
our Sponsor- Youth Banquet in a few weeks will the 
adult and his special young friend be revealed to 
each other. Until then — keep guessing! 



RESULTS — 

This has been perhaps the most exciting and de- 
lightful thing we have done this year. Everybody was 
intrigued as to the identity of his own special adult 
friend. But the most beautiful thing of all was the 
consideration and thought which the young people 
gave in making their choices. Adults who most needed 
such a contact were in some miraculous way chosen, 
and when everybody met on the evening of the ban- 
quet it was a heart-warming experience. We might 
add that of all the adults asked for this plan, not one 
refused the responsibility and each adult seemed to 
think it an honor to be chosen. The Youth Board 
hoped to promote closer friendships and associa- 
tions between adults and youth in our church. 
Throughout the year, the adult and his young friend 
will spend some time together and forward their re- 
lationship in any way they see fit. 

The Big Announcement Banquet was held one Sun- 
day evening at 5 o'clock. The Youth Board provided 
a tasty meal and unusually attractive decorations. 
We did some group singing. One of the most popular 
hits of the evening was this ditty to the tune of "Let 
Me Call You Sweetheart": 

The Youth: 

Let me call you Sponsor, for I did choose you. 
Let us plan together now, the things we'll do. 
Keep the patience glowing in your heart so true, 
Let me call you sponsor for I do like you! 

The Sponsors: 
Let me call you buddy, for I do like you, 
Let me be your special friend the whole year 

through. 
Keep the friendship growing in your heart so true, 
Let me call you buddy, for I do like you. 

A unique way was chosen to reveal the adult to 
his young partner. Clever corsages were made for 
the girls and women and button flowers for the boys 
and men. These were made in pairs, so all one had 



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to do was look for someone who was wearing the 
identical flower or corsage and he or she was your 
friend ! 

Another heaven-sent idea was the choice of our 
speaker. Keith Bennett, the young, new pastor of the 
Canton Church gave a message which struck home 
with a tremendous wallop. He frankly and beautifully 
discussed the problems of young people at this age, 
and what was more important the answers to many 
anxieties. In the same way he called upon the adults 
present to be understanding and courageous in facing 
the challenge of youth. He told of personal expe- 
riences from his work with wayward boys at the 



Mohican State Park Camp. He truthfully faced the 
young people that night with their frustrations and 
problems and he faithfully presented Christ as the 
workable answer, the Loyal Guide and the Triumphant 
Leader. Mr. Bennett made the old feel young in heart, 
and the young feel the power and dynamic person- 
ality of the Living Christ. Everything was over by 
6:30, outwardly, but inwardly we all still feel the 
tug and the challenge and the promise of that mem- 
orable evening. 

(EDITOR'S NOTE: We thank the Louisville, Ohio 
youth and sponsors for this idea in our Idea Box.) 




JUNIORS AT ARDMORE 

The Ardmore Jr. B. Y. C. started last fall with an 
impressive candlelight installation service. The of- 
ficers installed were : 

President Carol Ann Boggs 

V. President Connie Colvin 

Treasurer Ricky Bashem 

Secretary Jayne Colvin 

Mrs. Alice Horn and Mrs. Joanne Cole are our spon- 
sors. 

We, as members, each take our turn in leading a 
meeting. We find this very interesting. At the present, 
we are excited about the study of the Gospel of John. 
Miss Joylene Horn is our coach. She makes our quizzes 
very exciting. 

Most of our "fun activities" have been shared with 
the Jr. Sisterhood and Brotherhood. We had a Hal- 
loween party and Christmas party and we went sliding. 
This year our aim has been to make all of our 
goals. We have a weekly prayer meeting and various 
projects so we can do our part in giving to local needs 
and to our National Project. 

— ^Jayne Colvin, secretary 



CALLS FROM CANTON 

The first officers' meeting was called to order in 
September 19S3, by the vice president, Duane Conroy. 

Discussion followed concerning the previous month's 
activities which included a picnic excursion to Nelson's 
Ledges and involved 20 of the youth as well as 5 ad- 
visors. 

The purpose of the evening followed immediately 
and we planned a program for the coming year to 
include : roller skating, swimming, football and Christ- 
mas caroling. The group has already enjoyed sev- 
eral of these activities. 

In October we watched Ashland win a glorious vic- 
tory as well as toured the campus and buildings at 
the college. 

December found us caroling, serenading the homes 
of many of our church's shut-ins. 



Our major accomplishment in January was the 
Youth Day Service. The entire morning service was 
conducted by the youth. After church services we 
spent the afternoon at the church enjoying fellow- 
ship and recreation and wound up the day with our 
BYC meeting and the evening church service. 

The officers also met in January to plan money- 
making projects for the group. 

We have also been working on the Book of John, 
preparing for the district quiz. 

— Bonnie Dobbins, secretary 



Each local B. Y. C. group send in one Sun- 
day evening's offering to the National Office 
each month. This offering should, by the 
end of the year, at least equal or surpass 
$1 per member . . . 10 points. 

Goal 1 of the Brethren Youth Goals is an important 
one for several reasons. First of all, this goal encour- 
ages systematic giving by the youth of the Breth- 
ren Church. Perhaps the easiest way to meet this 
goal is to set aside a certain Sunday of the month 
as the time when your offering will be given to the 
work of National Youth. Some groups determine a 
monthly sum they will send to the National Youth 
Office rather than sending what is given in any one 
meeting. Whatever procedure you choose will be good 
stewardship training. 

Secondly, your contribution to the National Youth 
work through this method shows the world that you 
believe in Brethren Youth — enough to support it with 
your giving. Your monthly offerings are included in 
the budget and used for operating National Brethren 
Youth. Much of your giving comes back to you in the 
form of youth materials. Newsletters, youth ideas and 
promotion for your local church. Meet Goal 1 through 
your good stewardship. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



1964 

PASTORS' CONFERENCE 

on 

FAITH AND ORDER 

presented by 
The Nationcri Brethren Ministerial Association 

Ashland Theological Seminary 
Ashland, Ohio 

April 7-9. 1964 

Theme: "PASTORS APPROVED UNTO GOD" 



THE PROGRAM 



Tuesday 

Moderator: Elder James Naff 

1:50- 2:00 Devotions Alvin Shifflet 

2:00- 2:40 Address Elder H. H. Rowsey 

"The Pastor Among His People" 

2:40- 3:20 Address Elder Ralph Mills 

"The Pastor in the Community" 
3:20- 3:35 Coffee Break 

3:35- 4:15 Discussion on Rowsey and Mills presen- 
tations 
7:30- 8:30 First Brethren Church 

Hymnsing Elder Harold Barnett 

Chorister 

Devotions Donald Rinehart 

Address Elder John Byler 

"The Pastor in His Home" 
8:30 Fellowship Hour in Lower Auditorium 

Wednesday 

Moderator: Elder W. S. Benshofl 
9:00- 9:20 Hymnsing 

Devotions John Brownsberger 

9:20-10:00 Address Elder Donald Rowser 

"The Pastor in His Study" 
10:00-10:15 Coffee Break 

10:15-10:55 Discussion on Byler and Rowser presen- 
tations 
10:55-11:15 The Field Secretary's Report 

2:00-2:40 Address Elder Robert Hoffman 

"The Pastor's Finances" 



2:40- 3:00 Discussion of Hoffman presentation 

3:00- 3:15 Coffee Break 

3:15- 3:35 Seminary Report 

3:35- 4:15 Questions and Discussion on Seminary 

Report 

7:30- 8:30 First Brethren Church 

Hymnsing 

Devotions Paul Steiner 

Address Mrs. J. M. Bowman 

"The Pastor's Wife" 
8:30 Fellowship Hour in Lower Auditorium 

Thursday 

Moderator: Elder Charles Lowmaster 
9:00- 9:20 Hymnsing 

Devotions Gene Hollinger 

9:20-10:00 Address Elder C. Y. Gilmer 

"The Pastor, His Former Church 
and Predecessors" 
10:00-10:15 Coffee Break 

10:15-10:45 Discussion on Bowman and Gilmer pres- 
entations 
10:45-11:00 Comments and Discussion on the Pas- 
tors' Conference 
11:00-11:15 Closing Devotions 

Program Committee: 
Charles Lowmaster, Chairman 
W. S. Benshoff 
James Naff 



March 7, 1964 



World Religious News 

in Review 



EXPAND DRIVE AGAINST 
RELIGION, SAYS TOP 
RUSSIAN AIDE 

MOSCOW (EP) — Soviet Russia's 
chief "ideological specialist" called 
here for all-out measures to cope 
with what he complained was a 
serious lag in the Communist war 
against religion. 

This struggle, according to Leonid 
F. Ilychev, one of the secretaries 
of the Central Committee of the 
Communist Party in the U. S. S. R., 
"should not be just another cam- 
paign, but a permanent task in 
the building of communism in 
which all public authorities must 
join." 

Demanding that the entire Soviet 
press and not just specialized pub- 
lications such as the monthly, Sci- 
ence and Religion, should publish 
atheistic propaganda, Ilychev ex- 
pressed his views in a 25-page ar- 
ticle published in Kommunlst, 
monthly organ of the Central Com- 
mittee and regarded as the most 
powerful and influential publica- 
tion in the discussion and formula- 
tion of Soviet policy. 

Although many of Ilychev's ar- 
ticles and speeches on the subject 
of atheistic indoctrination have 
been reprinted in Kommunist, this 
was the first time that he wrote 
an article specifically for that pub- 
lication. Observers say it obviously 
was intended as a guide for all 
atheistic work in the country. 

Stressed throughout the article 
was the "absolute incompatibility" 
of religious beliefs with the Com- 
munist ideology. It made clear that 
this remained true no matter how 
church leaders tried to adapt them- 
selves to the government's policy 
or how strongly they backed its 
"peace" role. 

In this connection, Ilychev cited 
the case of an Orthodox priest 
from Lugans in the Ukraine who 
professed to support the Commun- 
ist program because it "corres- 
ponds to Christ's commandment of 
fraternal love." 

"This idea of trying to prove that 
there are no differences between 



Communist and rehgious views is 
wrong," the writer said, "because 
Communism means an active at- 
titude toward life and religion a 
passive one." 

"This passiveness of religious be- 
lievers is a great obstacle in the 
building of Communism," he com- 
mented. 

Ilychev conceded that there had 
been a marked "activization" of 
religion after World War II, and 
said that there are areas, notably 
the Ukraine and the Baltic Repub- 
lics, where religion remains much 
stronger than it is in central Rus- 
sia. 

Although he gave no statistics on 
the "popularity" of religion in va- 
rious regions, the Soviet official 
noted that 70 per cent of believers 
were people over 40 and 75 per 
cent of them were women. He said 
the "overwhelming" majority of 
members of Baptist communities 
in Russia were people engaged in 
unskilled work, "although there are 
some professionals among them, 
too." 

An "attraction" for churchgoers, 
Ilychev maintained, singing in 
Baptist churches. He noted that in 
Kislovodsk and Pyatigors in the 
Caucasus, Baptists arrange youth 
parties, perform religious plays and 
arrange concerts and excursions for 
youngsters. 

Ilychev urged that special at- 
tention be given to atheistic work 
among children, this being the 
"best guarantee" that eventually 
there would be no believers left. 

He conceded that the greatest ob- 
stacle to eradicating religion among 
children was the influence exerted 
on them by their families. 

"The absence of atheistic lessons 
at Soviet schools," he said, "gives a 
great advantage to parents, who 
can educate their children in re- 
ligion all they want, since there is 
no opposition." 

He devoted much of his article 
to a discussion of specific ways in 
which atheistic propaganda could 
be stepped up and kept active. 

He said the Soviet press in gen- 



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eral has been "very shy" about 
permanent atheistic efforts, "think- 
ing that this is the business of 
the magazine. Science and Re- 
ligion." 

"It is important," he said, "that 
publications with a circulation of 
millions of copies publish atheistic 
material. This is especially true of 
those which are popular among 
both believers and non-believers." 
(He was apparently referring to 
Izvestia, official Moscow daily, and 
Ogonek, a widely read illustrated 
paper.) 

"Moreover, to achieve success in 
atheistic work, qualified personnel 
is needed. This means it will be 
necessary to open special faculties 
at some of the Russian universities, 
because atheistic lecturers must 
know religion well, including the 
Bible, and not criticize religion with 
primitive arguments, as has often 
happened." ^ 

Mr. Ilychev said that until now, 
most qualified lecturers have been 
former priests who gave up religion. 
"However," he noted, "they have 
not been very good in Marxist 
theory and cannot be trusted com- 
pletely." 

DUTCH REFORMED CLERGYMAN 
OPENS DRIVE ON SMOKING 

CAPETOWN, SO. AFRICA (EP) — A 

Dutch Reformed minister in Oden- 
daalsrust, Orange Free State, has 
started an all-out "blitz" on smok- 
ing, which he claims is in conflict 
with the Bible. Citing several texts 
from the New Testament (I Corin- 
thians 10:31; 6:15; 6:19, 20), the 
Rev. C. H. L. Mouton has branded 
smoking as "the work of the Devil." 
"A smoker," he told members of his 
large congregation, "is inclined 
eventually to use even more un- 
godly drugs. Smoking is bad for 
the human constitution, but even 
worse for the moral foundation of 
the family." 

DR. BILLY GRAHAM NAMED 
TO WHEATON COLLEGE 
BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

WHEATON, ILL. (EP) — Dr. V. Ray- 
mond Edman, president of Wheat- 
on College here, announces the 
election of Dr. Billy Graham, a 
Wheaton alumnus of 1943, to the 
College Board of Trustees. Recent 
action by the college board named 
him to fill the vacancy left by the 
death of Dr. Hugo Wurdack, St. 
Louis, who had served on the board 
since 1925. 



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Notes and Comments 2 

Editorial: "Remember the Cranberries?" .... 3 

News from the Brethren 4 

Memorials 4 

Coming Events 4 

Daily Devotions — March 22-28 5 

Announcement of the printing of 

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Sisterhood 7 

Progress Reports from Brethren Churches ... 8 

Prayer Meeting Bible Study 10 

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World Religious News in Review 11 

Missionary Board 12 

Woman's Missionary Society 

(Program Materials for April) 14 

Spiritual Meditations 17 



NOTES and COMMENTS 



HOUSING AND MEALS FOR 
1964 GENERAL CONFERENCE— 

ON PAGE 21 of this issue of The Brethren 
Evangelist, you will find a statement rela- 
tive to housing and eating facilities on Ashland 
College campus for General Conference this 
coming August. 

Because of the building of the new dormitory, 
such facilities are limited. In fact, all available 
room for ADULTS on campus is gone! Housing 
will be supplied for you in private homes. 

Be sure to read this announcement! 



THE GUIDEBOOK— 

ON PAGE 6 you will find information rela- 
tive to "The Guidebook" which is now on 
the press. This book is for all officers in the local 
church, and it is especially written for officers 
of the Brethren Church. 

It is hoped that the book will be ready for j 
distribution at Pastors' Conference, April 7-9. 

The book is the product of Rev. Albert T. j 
Ronk of Cedar Falls, Iowa. He is the chairman j 
of the Book and Pamphlet Commission of Gen- i 
eral Conference. | 

Be sure to get your orders in early; send them j 
to The Brethren Pubhshing Co., 524 College i 
Ave., Ashland, Ohio. 



THE ASPINALLS ARRIVED SAFELY— 

A CABLEGRAM was received by the Mission- 
ary Board from the Aspinalls on Friday, 
February 28, stating that they had arrived safe- 
ly in South America. The cablegram stated: 
"Tired, Happy, Thankful." 

Continue to pray for these people as. they| 
begin their work in Argentina. 



REV. VIRGIL INGRAHAM ARRIVES HOME— 

Rev. Virgil Ingraham, General Secretary of 
the Missionary Board, arrived safely home from 
Nigeria on Tuesday evening, March 3. 

Rev. Ingraham had spent five weeks in visit 
ing our Nigerian missions. He will be reporting 
to you through the pages of The Brethren Evan- 
gelist. 



MRS. U. J. SHIVELY 

INJURED IN HOME ACCIDENT— 

Mrs. U. J. Shively fell in her home on Feb 
ruary 15 and fractured one of her legs. She 
was confined to the Elkhart General Hospital 
Elkhart, Indiana, where she underwent extensive 
surgery for the injury. 

Her recovery has been excellent, and Mrs 
Shively is now at her home. Her address i 
301 West Market St., Nappanee, Indiana. 



The Brethren Youth 1{ 

Children's Devotions — ^March 22-28 2C 

Conference Housing and Meals 2: 

The Brethren Layman 2; 



March 14, 1964 



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the 

editor's 

editorial 



Kememhet 

the 

Granhernes? 



TT WAS JUST BEFORE Thanksgiving in 1959 

when the Food and Drug Commission of the 
United States announced that the chemical used 
in the spraying of cranberries could cause cancer 
— at least it had caused cancer in rats! 

Immediately there was quite a fervor about 
it all — super markets and grocers from the east 
coast to the west coast took all cranberries off 
their shelves. Housewives refused to use them 
in their cooking for fear of contracting cancer. 
This announcement created quite a national 
scare ! 

The chemical, aminatriozole, is used as a weed 
killer; it is to be used on fields following the 
harvest; however, this year it had been used 
before cranberries were harvested, thus con- 
taminating the fruit. Less than ten per cent of 
the entire cranberry harvest in the United States 
was affected; the spray had been used on some 
fields in Washington and Oregon. 

After much discussion relative to the mat- 
ter, Dr. Edwin B. Astwood, Senior Physician at 
Boston's New England Center Hospital and Pro- 
fessor of Medicine at Tuft's University, in Med- 
ford, Mass., said this: "The quantity of this 
chemical in cranberries would be minute and 
in no way causes any trouble — let alone cancer. 
This compound occurs naturally in vegetables — 
mustard, cabbage, turnips, broccoli — and no one 
refrains from eating these because of this com- 
pound" (U.S. News & World Report; Nov. 23, 
1959). Whether aminatriozole would cause can- 
cer in humans or not had not been determined. 

Yet, the American people were so afraid of it 
they refused to use the product. 

Not true with tobacco! 

The United States Health Commission has 
definitely established the fact that smoking does 
cause lung cancer and is connected with much of 
the heart ti'ouble found in men and women of 



today. They have concluded in no uncertain terms 
that cancer is caused by tobacco; no such con- 
clusions were found in the cranberry affair. Super 
markets are still selling tobacco; cigarettes are 
still sold through machines everywhere; very 
few people have cut down on the smoking habit; 
nothing is done to halt the sale of this cancer- 
producing item. We will dump millions of tons 
of cranberries because of a slight tinge of chem- 
ical that "might" produce cancer, but when it 
comes to an item that we definitely know is 
cancer-producing, we refuse to restrict it in any 
manner. 

It is encouraging to note that a few hospitals, 
colleges, public buildings, doctors' offices, dentists' 
offices, and other buildings are having the cigar- 
ette machines removed so that they will not be 
responsible for the sale of an item that they 
definitely know causes cancer. 

It is also encouraging to note that some organi- 
zations are becoming concerned about keeping 
the smoking habit from our children and teen- 
agers; some are even becoming alarmed about 
radio and television advertisements which encour- 
age the smoking habit in all ages. The tobacco 
industry, itself, has indicated that it will not 
sponsor sports events in the future so as not to 
give encouragement to our young people to take 
up the smoking habit. 

We, as Christians, should do everything in our 
power to discourage our youth in the use of this 
cancer-producing product; in fact, we should set 
an example by not using it ourselves! 

The cranberry affair scared us — the tobacco 
affair evidently does not! 

"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, 
and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If 
any man defile the temple of God, him shall God 
destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which 
temple ye are" (I Corinthians 3:16, 17). 



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LEVITTOWN, PA. (FAIRLESS HILLS) . 

Rev. Robert Keplinger reports the 
reception of three new members 
into the church recently. 

Bro. Kephnger also reports that 
the Levittown Sunday School is 
participating in the "March to 
Sunday School in March" program 
as outlined by the National Sunday 
School Association. 

viNco, PA. Rev. Henry Bates re- 
ports the reception of one new 
member into the church recently; 
this was done by transfer of letter. 

MAssiLLON, OHIO. Rev. J. G. Dodds 
reports that his son, Gil, preached 
on Sunday morning, February 29. 
Following the message, Rev. and 
Mrs. Gil Dodds transferred their 
membership to the Massillon 
church. 

GLENFORD, OHIO. Rev. Spenccr 
Gentle reports that Rev. and Mrs. 
Raymond Aspinall were guests at 
the church recently. Rev. Aspinall 
brought the morning message. The 
Aspinalls pastored the church while 
in Seminary training. 



BURLINGTON, INDIANA. Rev. Duanc 
Dickson has resigned as pastor of 
the Burlington Brethren Church 
effective May 31, 1964, to accept the 
pastorate at the Papago Park 
Brethren Church of Tempe, Ari- 
zona. 

DERBY, KANSAS. Rev. M. W. Dodds 
announces the "race for space Sun- 
day School attendance contest" 
which will continue until Easter. 
The attendance for Sunday, Feb- 
ruary 23, was 71! The goal for 
Easter Sunday is 75. 



Memorials 

WORKMAN. Mrs. Sarah A. 
Workman, 79, passed away on Feb- 
ruary 15, 1964. She was a faithful 
member of the Mt. Olivet Brethren 
Church, Georgetown, Delaware. Fu- 
neral services were conducted by 
her pastor. Rev. Wm. A. McDaniel, 
assisted by Rev. Chas. E. Covington. 
Mrs. Clayton R. Bryan 



The Prayer Amendment 

YOUR EDITOR has received 
many letters and bulletins in- 
dicating that several of our 
churches are doing something a- 
bout the "Prayer" amendment that 
appeared in the February 8 issue 
of The Brethren Evangelist. Per- 
haps you would be interested in 
knowing what two churches have 
done relative to this matter. 

Rev. W. S. Benshoff, pastor of 
the First Brethren Church, Hagers- 
town, Maryland, furnished the 
names and addresses of the con- 
gressmen to the members of the 
church, encouraging them to write 
to their congressmen. 

Rev. Paul Tinkel, pastor of the 
First Brethren Church, Warsaw, In- 
diana, furnished a mimeographed 
form letter which could be signed 
by the individual and sent to the 



congressmen. This letter was "bor- 
rowed" by other churches in the 
community. 

Your Editor has written to his 
Congressman in protest to the court 
decision and has received an an- 
swer. 

Each voter has a right to express 
his opinion to his congressman, 
this he should do. 

Someone has said: "God is be- 
ing ruled out of our schools while 
Satanic atheism is allowed to teach 
its doctrines of evolution and denial 
of God. The classroom dedicated 
to the whole truth has no right 
to suppress the teachings of Moses 
and Jesus, of Isaiah and Paul, in 
order to give one-sided advantage 
to the teachings of Darwin and 
Dewey!" (A National Emergency!). 

Let's continue to fight for our 
voice as Christians! 



COMING EVENTS 

GOSHEN, INDIANA. Holy Week Ser- | 
vices — March 24, 25. Rev. Virgil | 
Ingraham, guest speaker. Rev. 
Richard Allison, pastor. | 

DERBY, KANSAS. Pre-Easter services I 
—March 25-28. Pastor M. W. Dodds f 
will conduct the services. 




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March 14, 1964 



Daily Devotions 

General Theme for the Year: "APPROVED UNTO GOD" 
Theme for March — "IN OUR CHRISTIAN GROWTH" 

Writer for March — Mr. Charles J. Mishler 
March 22nd through 28th — "Growing Through Soul Winning" 



Sunday, March 22, 1964 
Read Scripture: John 10:1-18 

Halford Luccock says that it is 
very possible for a Christian work- 
er to become very much like a clerk 
in a travel bureau who spends his 
days directing people how to go 
to faraway places, but who himself 
has never traveled beyond his na- 
tive country. It is all a matter 
of hearsay and timetables to him. 
But it is never possible to impart 
the life of Christ unless that life 
is first our own. 

Our concern for the week is 
"growing through soul winning." 
Only common sense is necessary to 
tell me that I cannot effectively tell 
others of Christ's saving grace if I 
haven't experienced this myself. Let 
each of us look closely. Have we 
entered by the door (Christ) or are 
we on the outside? 

The Day's Thought 

These things have I written unto 
you that believe on the name of 
the Son of God; that ye may know 
that ye have eternal life (I John 
5:13). 

Monday, March 23, 1964 

Read Scripture: Matthew 9:35-38 
A missionary returned from New 
Guinea and was asked what he 
found there. "Found! I found 
something that looked more hope- 
less than being sent into the jungle 
to a lot of tigers. Those people were 
even worse than beasts. If a mother 
were carrying her little baby and 
the baby cried, she would throw 
it into a ditch to die. If a man 
saw his father break a leg, he would 
leave him on the roadside to die." 
The missionary was asked, "Did 
you preach to them?" 

"Preach! No. I lived! When I 
saw a baby crying, I comforted it. 
When I saw a man with a broken 
leg, I mended it. People began to 
come to me and say, 'What does 
this mean?' Then I preached the 
gospel. When I left, I left a church." 



The Day's Thought 

What you do speaks so loud I 
cannot hear what you say. 

Tuesday, March 24, 1964 

Read Scripture: Romans 3:1-26 

There certainly is a difference in 
people. As we work with students 
in our school and get to know their 
families, it seems that doing wrong 
is a very natural thing for many 
of them. For others, family back- 
ground, education, fear of punish- 
ment, etc., seem to produce a per- 
son who seldom does wrong. 

Nevertheless we must face the 
truth. There is none righteous, no, 
not one (Rom. 3:10). We are guilty 
of sin. The wages of sin is death; 
but the gift of God is eternal life 
through Jesus Christ our Lord 
(Rom. 6:23). 

Once we have experienced this 
gift from God, our new nature com- 
pels us to tell others if we are 
growing in our Christian faith. 
The Day's Thought 

Your life can be a mess or a 
message. 

Wednesday, March 25, 1964 

Read Scripture: Matthew 7:1-14 
It has been my privilege to serve 
on the leadership staff of Camp 
Miniwanca, a large Christian lead- 
ership-training camp, for the past 
several summers. The boys in the 
camp can come only by recom- 
mendation, and thus many of the 
most able "Christian" young men 
of our country are gathered to 
study Christian leadership together. 
I never cease to be astounded 
at the number of young men who 
do not know the way of salvation 
and cannot testify that Christ is 
their Saviour. And yet many of 
them will be in the important po- 
sitions of Christian leadership in 
our country in the years ahead. 

I am faced with the bitter truth 
— many will perish — Because strait 
is the gate, and narroxo is the way. 



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which leadeth unto life, and few 
there be that find it (Matt. 7:14). 

The Day's Thought 

As I show others the narrow way, 
I will become better acquainted with 
the only Way. 

Thursday, March 26, 1964 

Read Scripture: Hebrews 6:1-12 

Paul is pointing out the neces- 
sity of Christians moving on from 
the point of the new birth toward 
spiritual maturity. He is saying that 
a follower of Christ must produce 
worthwhile results. 

Occasionally, we see a farmer's 
field that has been left to grow 
up in thorns and thistles. Before 
long, it becomes worthless as far as 
producing pasture or other crops. 
It is very difficult to bring such 
a field back to the level of original 
productiveness. 

The same can happen in our 
Christian lives. We must continual- 
ly cultivate ( study j and go on to 
deeper truths (fertilize) if we want 
to grow to spiritual maturity. A 
result of this effort must be helping 
others, with our own talents, to 
find Christ. 

The Day's Thought 

A fertile Christian life is a pro- 
ductive Christian life. 

Friday, March 27, 1964 

Read Scripture: Acts 26:1-29 

Paul met Christ on the road to 
Damascus and received a special 
revelation. In this heavenly vision, 
he was entrusted with a divine 
commission to acquaint the world 
with Christ. Despite the physical 
thorns, persecutions, stonings, ship- 
wreck, and imprisonment, he was 
determined to carry on toward the 
goal Jesus had set before him. 
As he summed up his life, he said, 
/ was not disobedient unto the 
heaveTily vision (Acts 26:19). 

As Christians, we, too, have a 
goal set before us and face a world 
that needs to know Christ. Lack of 
appreciation, outward defeat, and 
obstacles devised by the devil of- 
ten discourage us. 

Every Christian shares in the 
responsibility of bringing others to 
Christ. Let us believe with Paul, 
/ can do all things through Christ 
lohich strengtheneth me (Phil. 4: 
13). 

The Day's Thought 

To reach your goal, you must 
first know where you are going. 



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Saturday, March 28, 1964 

Read Scripture: Mark 1:1-20 

Charles Pease, a noted criminal 
in England, was scheduled to die 
on the gallows. The chaplain of the 
prison talked with the prisoner 
several times, explaining God's love 
and the way of salvation. He would 
not listen. 



Finally, the day of execution ar- 
rived and the chaplain was walk- 
ing with the prisoner to the gal- 
lows. Once again he pleaded with 
the man to yield to God's love and 
receive salvation. He turned to the 
chaplain and said, "If I could be- 
lieve what you tell me, I would 
crawl across all of England on bro- 



ken glass to tell men of this great 
thing." 

We do believe! How concerned 
are we about telling others? 

Jesus said. Come ye after me, and 
I will make you to become fishers 
of men (Mark 1:17). 

The Day's Thought 

Suppose no one had told me 
about Christ. What then? 




The GUIDEBOOK is on the Press! 



THE BRETHREN BOOK and Pamphlet 
Commission, and the Central Council 
Sub-committee are happy to announce that 
the Guidebook for Church Leaders ordered 
by the General Conference of 1962 is on the 
press. It is promised for delivery to the 
Brethren Book Store at Ashland, Ohio, about 
April first. Your chairman of production re- 
quested the Evangel Press at Nappanee, In- 
diana, the printers, to channel delivery in 
time for release at the Pastors' Conference, 
Aijril 7-9. They set such delivery as the goal. 

Every congregation of the Brotherhood 
will need from twenty-five to fifty copies 
according to the size of the group. There 
should be one for each officer, committee 
chairman, and department head. The Pastor 
or recording secretary should have a dozen 
or so copies on hand at all times, after the 
first distribution to leaders, for supply to 
chairmen of projects and newly elected of- 
ficials. 

The price of this book, OUR CHURCH 
GUIDEBOOK, is one dollar ($1.00) each 
plus carriage. Postage on single copies will 
run about lb<: depending on the weight when 
printed. Carriage on quantities will depend 
on the size of the order. 

We have pressed for delivery by Pastors' 
Conference so the Pastors can bring orders 
with cash from their congregations, or if 
orders are mailed in before time, they can 
take their lot along with them on return 
home. 



Your committees in charge of producing 
this guidebook are creations of the General 
Conference, and General Conference ordered 
the publication. There is not sufficient 
amount in the Book and Pamphlet Commis- 
sion's special fund to pay the printing bill at 
release. We are asking for cash with your 
orders so we will not be hindered in settle- 
ment of the account. 

The format of the guidebook is the same 
as OUR FAITH, Cover, paper and type are 
comparable, and the dimensions are the 
same. There will be somewhere near the 
same number of pages. In fact, this Guide- 
book will be a companion book to OUR 
FAITH. 

The question arose at the publishing of 
OUR FAITH as to why the printing was not 
done by our own Publishing House. This 
same question is bound to come up again, 
and let it be said for the record, that the 
Brethren Publishing Company was asked to 
quote in both instances, and it declined to 
quote because of inability to handle the job 
at the time. 

Now, Brethren Church Boards, let us get 
our orders in accompanied by the cash as 
quickly as possible. Send all orders to the 
Brethren Book Store, as the supply will be 
there and not available from the writer or 
your committees. We release this book to the 
Church with fervent prayers that it will 
supply the desired need in guidance to bless 
our fellowship. 

Albert T. Ronk, chairman. 



March 14, 1964 



Page Seven 




Greetings from a Patroness 

MRS. HELEN McDONALD 

(Central District Patroness) 



Dear Sisterhood Girls, 

It is with a heart full of gratitude 
that I send each one of you greet- 
ings as the Patroness of Central 
District. 

You, as Sisterhood girls, are an 
inspiration in the work and en- 
thusiasm that you have shown. 
There is a great potential for lead- 
ership in the future within each 
one of you. You are to be compli- 
mented on the work you are do- 
ing and the loyalty you have shown 
toward your church. If each Sis- 
terhood girl will cooperate and do 
her part in her own local Sister- 
hood group, I am sure you will 
make as good a showing as you 
did last year. Let us all pledge our- 
selves to work a little harder in 
the future. 

I would like to see each of us 
aim to create more peace and har- 
mony in our groups and to em- 
phasize the importance of bringing 
God into our daily lives. Let us 
be kind, courteous, and helpful to 
each other and our leaders. May 
God's hand guide you tenderly 
whatever betide and may each of 
you have His light within your 
soul to be your daily guide. Also, 
I would like to see each of us give 
Sisterhood our attendance, personal 
help, and cooperation to those who 
bear the responsibility in making 



our local Sisterhood groups pos- 
sible. 

It is truly a blessing to see you 
girls taking part in and making 
friends in your Sisterhood, spring 
and summer camps, and confer- 
ences. You truly can enjoy a 
wonderful Christian fellowship 
throughout the years. Many ac- 
complishments have been made 
through these wonderful expe- 
riences as we all share the re- 
wards. As we meet together, may 
we meet with the knowledge that 
we must face the day and our 
future with renewed courage, hope, 
and faith in our work of Sisterhood 
and, above all, that we will ask 
for His guidance at all times. 

For each of you in your local 
groups, I wish the best of success 
in your Sisterhood work. Keep up 
the good work that you have done 
in the past. Each of you have a spe- 
cial place in your Sisterhood so- 
ciety and you will receive a bless- 
ing from serving the Lord in this 
way. 

Let us put our trust and faith 
in our Heavenly Father and we 
will find it is He who will give us 
strength. May God bless and keep 
you and continue to keep us all 
close together. This will only hap- 
pen as we put our trust in Him 
and believe that He is our strength. 



FAITH IN A 
GREAT GOD 

There was a good woman, well- 
known about her own countryside 
for her simple faith and her great 
calmness in the midst of many 
trials. Another woman living at a 
distance, hearing of her, said: "I 
must go and see that woman, and 
learn the secret of her strong and 
happy life." 



She went, and speaking to her, 
said: "Are you the woman with 
the great faith?" 

"No," she replied, "I am not the 
woman with the great faith; but 
I am the woman with the little 
faith in the great God." 

There it is: God is omnipotent; 
and when once we trust in Him 
there is nothing that He cannot do 
for us; He can work in us exceed- 
ingly abundantly, even above all 
we dare to ask or think. 



SNEAK 
PRE VIE 



V/OU ARE FORTUNATE, for 
■*■ you get the very first 
glimpse of what will be seen at 
General Conference. There's go- 
ing to be lots to see. The very 
first Sisterhood session will be 
a story told by pieces of felt. 
Now if you're up on "Who's 
Who in Sisterhood," you can 
guess who our artist will be. 

Your talented ( ?) national of- 
ficers are going to present a 
play suitable for your local so- 
ciety's use. I'm sure there will 
be plenty of unusual things to 
see that morning. 

When you return home from 
conference this year, your note- 
book will be chocked full of ideas 
for Sisterhood work. I'm cer- 
tain of this because there's a 
panel preparing now to present 
ways to create interest in Sis- 
terhood, ways to meet the new 
goals, and all sorts of choice tid- 
bits to start the new year. 

I know it's dangerous to turn 
the lights ofl? at 8 o'clock in the 
morning, but we're going to 
chance it to present a film. Since 
it often happens that the ear- 
drum becomes overused and 
doesn't hear anymore, this year's 
Sisterhood program is going to 
shift some of the strain to the 
eyeball. 

For General Sisterhood Con- 
ference in 1964 — THE EYES 
HAVE IT!! 



Page Eight 



The Brethren Evangelist 



Progress Reports 

from 
Brethren Churches 

DERBY. KANSAS 

OUR FIRST SERVICE as pastor of the First Breth- 
ren Church of Derby, Kansas, was on Sunday, 
December 29, 1963. We had just arrived on the field 
a few days before and preparations had been made 
to give the new arrivals a hearty welcome. Follow- 
ing the morning service, a fellowship meal was served 
at the parsonage. A Welcome Service was conducted in 
the afternoon with words of greetings from representa- 
tives from the church, Sunday School, Laymen, W. M. 
S., Brethren Youth, Brotherhood and Signal Lights. 
The parsonage cupboards were well filled with gro- 
ceries as the result of a food shower. 

The members of the congregation were ready and 
willing to be of service in the Lord's work. To help 
provide avenues of service, a leadership training class 
in "Sunday School Evangelism" was organized the 
first week in January. The average attendance in 
these classes has been twelve. 

Several means of outreach have developed as a re- 
sult of these classes. A visitation program for con- 
tacting absentees and prospects was organized. Paul 
Winter, who had served during the past year as lay 
pastor, was chosen as Director of Visitation. Kinder- 
garten and Children's Churches have been organized 
and are meeting during the morning worship hour. 
A Young Adult Class has been organized and nine 
were in attendance for its first session on February 
16. Present plans call for a Nursery Class to be or- 
ganized in the next few weeks. A seven-weeks' Sun- 
day School attendance contest, to terminate on Eas- 
ter, is now in progress. 

The means of outreach have resulted in steady in- 
creases in attendance. Since January 5, Sunday School 
attendances have been 39, 38, 48, 46, 51, 55 and 67. 
The attendance of 67 established a new Sunday School 
record. 

Opportunities for future growth seem limitless. The 
church property is located five miles from the south- 
east edge of Wichita and seven miles from Mulvane. 
Derby is chiefly a residential area with a population 
of 6,800. Future growth in population seems certain. 
During the past month, the Derby Council annexed 
the Smith-Moor addition to the city as a residential 
area. This is a forty-acre site which immediately 
joins the church property to the east. Several homes 
are already under construction in this new develop- 
ment. 

To make the most of present opportunities, some 
problems must be overcome. The parsonage has served 
as an ideal meeting place for church services during 
the period of organization. A large room on the lower 
floor of the parsonage is used for worship services. 



This room has a recommended seating capacity of 50. 
At the evening service on February 16, forty-six were 
present! Two classes will be meeting in this room 
when a Nursery Class is organized in the next few 
weeks. Two smaller rooms adjoin this room that is 
used for worship. One is used for the Pastor's study 
and a Sunday School classroom. Two Sunday School 
classes meet in the other room. Two youth classes 
meet in the parsonage kitchen, an adult class meets 
in the family room, a young adult class meets in 
the living room and the Cradle Roll meets in the 
children's bedroom. The organization of additional 
classes seems impossible until additional space is pro- 
vided. Lots, immediately to the south of the par- 
sonage, have been purchased for the erection of a 
church building. Would you pray with us, especially 
concerning these two things: 

1. That we might reach souls in the Derby area 
for Christ. 

2. That funds will be provided in the near future 
for the erection of a church building. 

Anyone who travels in Kansas has a special in- 
vitation to visit the Derby Brethren Church. 

Rev. M. W. Dodds, pastor 



Rev. J. D. Hamel Receives 
SERTOMA FREEDOM AWARD 





TN THE accompanying picture, you will see Rev. J. 
-'- D. Hamel, pastor of the First Brethren Church, 
Sarasota, Florida, receiving an award being made 
by the Greater Sarasota Sertoma Club and the Ser- 
toma Breakfast Club in conjunction with national 
"Freedom Week," celebrated by Sertomans in this 
country, Mexico and Canada. 

This award is in the form of a bronze replica of the 
Declaration of Independence. 

Dr. Ed Strata, president of the Club (left in the 
picture) and Chuck Stewart (center) presented the 
award to Rev. Hamel. 

Rev. Hamel is to be congratulated in receiving this 
award. 



March 14, 1964 



Page Nine 



REVIVAL REPORT FROM 
AKRON. OHIO 

"npHE FIRESTONE PARK Brethren Church in Akron 
1 recently experienced a revival so vironderful that 
we feel the results should be shared with other 
churches. 

In view of the Ohio District's emphasis this year on 
personal evangelism, and realizing a definite evan- 
gelistic laxity within our own membership, Rev. Percy 
Miller, Dayton, Ohio, was contacted and arrange- 
ments were made for him to conduct two weekend 
evangelistic services in our church. The services be- 
gan Friday evening, February 7, with the first ser- 
vices continuing through Sunday evening, February 
9. On the Saturday afternoon, Rev. Miller met with 
the youth to discuss "personal evangelism," and on 
Sunday afternoon, met with the adults for the same 
type discussion and instruction. The week following, 
a definite program of visitation was carried out with 
inactive people and new prospects contacted by the 
lay people. Rev. Miller then returned for another week- 
end of evangelistic effort. 

Only time will tell the full impact of this type ser- 
vice. As near as we know, over thirty persons fully 
committed, or recommitted their lives to Christ, with 
three "lost sheep" families being returned to the fold. 
Five made first-time decisions, three of these were 
baptized Sunday evening, February 23. Perhaps other 
services have produced more "converts," but never 
has the Spirit worked more wonderfully in a congre- 
gation. The church has truly "changed" and taken 
on a new evangelistic zeal and concern. 

Again, our thanks to Rev. Miller for his time and 
effort, and especially our thanks to the Spirit of God 
who has worked so marvelously in our midst these 
days. 

James R. Black, pastor 



OHIO DISTRICT 
SUNDAY SCHOOL BOARD 
SPONSORS A WORKSHOP 

•~r^E OHIO SUNDAY SCHOOL BOARD sponsored 
1 its second state-wide Sunday School Workshop 
on February 22, 1964. 143 Ohio Brethren attended 
at the central point of the Asbury Methodist Church 
in Delaware. This was an increase of thirty over one 
year ago. Nineteen of the twenty-one Ohio churches 
were represented. 

Dr. Joseph Shultz, dean of Ashland Theological 
Seminary, was the featured speaker, addressing the 
group three times. Departmental group meetings were 
also held and conducted by lay leaders from the 
churches. 

Cost was kept to a minimum for each participant 
because of the funds supplied to the Sunday School 
Board by the Ohio District Unified Budget. Tenta- 
tive plans have already been discussed for next year's 
workshop. 

The Ohio Sunday School Board appreciates the 
interest shown in such Christian Education training 



meetings, for it feels certain that the Sunday Schools 
of Ohio are being strengthened in this way. 



CHARLES OBERLY RECEIVES 
GOD AND COUNTRY AWARD 




ON FEBRUARY 9, the "God and Country Award" 
was presented to Charles Oberly, who is a mem- 
ber of the North Liberty Brethren Church, North 
Liberty, Indiana. "Chuck," as he is known to family 
and friends, had spent two years working for this 
coveted award. He worked under the guidance of his 
pastor as he met all of the standard requirements 
which involved such projects as constructing maps 
of foreign and home missions, playing piano for Junior 
Church, and studying about various organizations 
which are connected with the church. 

Chuck will receive the rank of "Eagle Scout" with- 
in the next month. Miniatures of the God and Country 
award were also presented to the parents, Mr. and 
Mrs. John Oberly. 

In the picture. Chuck is receiving the award by his 
pastor. Rev. Wm. Curtis. 




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The Brethren Evangelist 



Prayer Meeting 

Bible Studies 



C. Y. Gilmer 



^SL-^JZ:'"'^^^''''^—'^^' ^ 



THE MONEY FOOL 

"To lose your wealth is much, to lose your health 

is more; 
To lose your soul is such a loss as no man can 

restore." 

TESUS TELLS of a materialist who lived a life of 
^ plenty, and when stricken by unexpected death 
he was wholly unprepared (Lu. 12:16-21). When he 
thought within himself, he left God out of his plans 
(vs. 17, 18) . Because of his shallow thinking he lost 
his soul, which was worth more than the whole world 
to Satan (Matt. 16:26). 

In this man's thinking, he failed to think that his 
prosperity was due to the providence of God (Deut. 
8:11, 17, 18). He didn't think that he owed his com- 
fortable circumstance to the goodness of God (Ps. 
145:9). He did not realize that God's providence de- 
termines whether a man is rich or poor (Prov. 22:2). 
Israel thought sole credit was hers for her prosper- 
ity (Hos. 2:5), but God said He was the Source of Is- 
rael's wealth (V. 8). Because Israel abused those gifts 
as not of God, God took them away (v. 9). Without 
God's earth, sunshine and rain, we could have noth- 
ing (Prov. 10:22). The doxology is always in order 
(Jas. 1:17). 

What can be the value of increased goods 
if they only gratify the vanity of the collective in- 
stinct (Eccles. 5:11)? That "a man's life consisteth 
not in the abundance of the things he possesseth" was 
proven conclusively in the life of Solomon (Eccles. 
2:1-11). He found no real satiety, but vanity and 
vexation of spirit (v. 17) . The human soul cannot 
find true satisfaction and life in "the world's goods" 
(I Jn. 3:17). 

"Farewell, vain world; my soul can bid adieu; 

Your Saviour taught me to abandon you. 

Your charms may gratify a sensual mind, 

But cannot please a soul for God design'd." 

The Money Fool did not realize that his very breath 
and all his ways were in God's hand (Dan. 5:23). 
Many are so foolishly inconsiderate of their eternal 
future (Deut. 32:29). If he had thought of God he 
might have examined himself as to his spiritual con- 
dition (Ps. 119:59). His soul went to perdition, and 
he left all his "goods" behind (I Tim. 6:7). Foolishly, 
he counted on "many years" ahead (Jas. 4:13, 14). 
That very night the thoughtless man's soul was de- 
manded of him (Lu. 12:20). Like another thoughtless 
rich man, he was whisked away to that abandoned 
realm where the beneficial presence of God is totally 
unknown (Lu. 16:22, 23). 

Carve your name high o'er the drifting sand, 
Where the steadfast rocks defy decay; 

All you can hold in your cold, dead hand 
Is what you have given away. 



Count your wide conquests o'er sea and land, 
Heap up your gold, and hoard as you may; 

All you can hold in your cold, dead hand 
Is what you have given away. 

Build your pyramids, skyward, let them stand, 
Gazed at by millions, cultured they say; 

All you can hold in your cold, dead hand 
Is what you have given away. 

Silver and gold and jewels so grand, 
King of the saloon, or mart for a day; 

Yet all you can hold in your cold, dead hand 
Is what you have given away. 

— Joaquin Miller. 



Sunday School 

Lesson Comments 

Cari H. Phillips 

Topics copyrighted by the International Council 
of Religious Education. Used by permission. 



Lesson for March 22, 1964 

TWO MEN — TWO DESTINIES 

Text: Luke 23:32-43 

HERE AT THE CROSS we get to see two men, bear- 
ing identical guilt and shame, who provide a 
vivid contrast in human attitudes toward Jesus Christ. 
There on Calvary in the middle of the day two crim- 
inals had a parting of the way, one to eternal woe 
and the other to eternal life. 

Both were convicted robbers who may well have 
known who it was that left a man to die along side 
the Jericho road. Both were given identical death 
sentences. Both began to "revile" Jesus (Mark 15:32). 
Both were eye witnesses to the same things that day. 
Both saw the actions and heard the words of His 
tormentors and His friends. Both saw the actions 
and heard the words of Jesus. The difference lay in 
that one was willing to face the situation honestly 
and with careful observation while the other remained 
stubborn and selfish. 

He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him 
up for us all, how shall he not loith him also freely 
give us all things (Rom. 8:32) ? 

Some never want to learn that life is found in giv- 
ing and sharing. Like the lost thief, some have no 
room in their hearts to feel the sorrow and hard- 
ships of others. They only fill up their lives with their 
own real and imaginary problems and pleasures. Not 
even room for a Saviour to come in. Jesus is of no 
use to them unless He helps them on to a selfish life 
on earth (vs. 39) . 

Others are touched by the graciousness of Jesus. 
They will fear God (vs. 40), acknowledge justice and 
confess to wickedness (vs. 41). Being well aware of 
their lost estate they will call on Jesus for salvation 
(vs. 42) . It does not take days and weeks to have a 
change of heart. As the thief, in a matter of minutes, 
one may believe, repent, confess and testify to his 
faith in Jesus as his Saviour. In a matter of minutes 
one can know thou shalt be with me in paradise. 



March 14, 1964 



Page Eleven 



Sunday School Suggestions 

from the National S. S. Board 
Dick Winfield 



NEW FILMSTKIPS NOW AVAILABLE 

npHE SUNDAY SCHOOL OFFICE has recently added 
1 twelve new filmstrips to its fllmstrip rental library. 
The filmstrips are a continuation of the popular PAR- 
ABLES FROM NATURE series for children of primary 
and junior ages. Following are descriptions of these 
twelve filmstrips. Each filmstrip is in color and has with 
it a record and manual. Running time for the filmstrips 
average about 15 minutes apiece. 
PART TWO 

THE BUSY BEE — The industrious honeybee is 
likened to the wise virgins who were prepared; non- 
productive bumblebees are likened to foolish virgins who 
were not prepared for the wedding feast. Jesus taught 
that we must be spiritually prepared at all times (Mat- 
thew 25:1-13). 

SCHOOL DAYS IN THE OCEAN — For homework, 
Miss Tuna gives pupils a pearl to use in any way they 
can. Tommy Torpedo and Hustler Marlin make good 
use of their gifts. Sluggard Eel hides his away. (Mat- 
thew 25:14-19). 

THE HOUSE OF THE WKEN — Mr. and Mrs. Wren 
foolishly nest in a poorly constructed house instead of 
building a strong, sturdy home on a sure foundation. 
(Luke 6:46-69). 

JUSTUS, THE ANT — Kind and generous Justus is 
forced to deal harshly with Chief Swindle, rebel ant, 
who learns too late how foolish it is not to love and 
obey his landlord. (Mark 12:1-12). 



CHUCKIE CHIPMUNK — Chuckle, not a member of 
the squirrel family, is very lonely because he has no 
one to play with. One day he gets a chance to help 
Jimmy the squirrel, and because of the favor is accepted 
by Jimmy's friends. (Luke 10:25-37). 

PEPPY, THE PUP — Peppy, tired of daily routine, 
decides to see the world. The exciting adventure leaves 
him in a forlorn condition, homeless, without friends. 
His return home is an occasion for great rejoicing. (Luke 
15:11-32). 
PART THREE 

DR. RETRIEVER'S SURPRISE — Dr. Retriever helps 
the animals and birds of Marshland when they are hurt 
or sick. In appreciation, they build him a hospital. Em- 
phasizes that love for our fellow man is in itself reward- 
ing. (Matthew 25:31-46). 

PEARL OF GREAT PRICE — Mr. Herring Gull trades 
all his precious jewels to Mr. Plover for one pearl — the 
most beautiful pearl in the world. Emphasizes the par- 
able of Jesus, that the Kingdom of Heaven is worth 
everything we own. (Matthew 13:45, 46). 

COMMENCEMENT AT THE OBEDIENCE ACADE- 
MY — Polly Poodle thinks she is too good to perform 
at the graduation exercises with Milton Mutt. She learns 
that "attitude" and "conduct" are more important than 
pedigree (Luke 18:9-14). 

SILLY EXCUSES — Bobby Badger and his friends, 
Pat and Perry Possum, make up silly excuses to avoid 
attending the Woodscout Picnic. Later, they have good 
cause to regret what they did. (Luke 14:16). 

THE FEATHER THAT WAS LOST — Stuart Stag 
gives Dorothy Doe a feather collar for a wedding pres- 
ent. Later, when a beautiful peacock feather is lost from 
the collar, Dorothy is upset until it is found. (Luke 15: 
8-10). 

SPEEDY, THE SNAIL — Speedy tells a lie to avoid 
paying a debt to Willy Snail. Then he discharges an In- 
jured employee. Chipper Cricket, who is in debt to him. 
Speedy learns a lesson in forgiveness the hard way. 
(Matthew 18:23-35). 



World Religious News 

in Review 



"CHRISTIAN NIGHTCLUB" 
OPENS IN PHILADELPHIA 

PHILADELPHIA, PA. (EP) — ^A "night- 
club" where no alcoholic beverages 
are sold and where both clergy- 
men and young people are welcome 
has opened in the Philadelphia sub- 
urb of Llanerch. 

Believed to be the first "Chris- 
tian nightclub" to provide a full- 
stage presentation offering sacred 
music, the new "Splendor Supper 
Club" is housed in a restaurant 
with a seating capacity of 1,200 and 



a large stage. 

Support for the week-end pro- 
grams, planned for an indefinite 
period, has been sought in an- 
nouncements issued to clergymen 
throughout the Greater Philadel- 
phia area. 

Music, which will include "hymn 
sing-alongs" and the appearance 
of guest artists, is provided by the 
Spurrlows, a touring group of 27 
led by Thurlow Spurr, a former 
music director for Youth for Christ 
International. 



METHODIST BISHOP SAYS 
SMOKING REPORT MAY SETTLE 
CHURCH ARGUMENT 

DETROIT (EP) — Methodist Bishop 
Marshall R. Reed of Detroit de- 
clared here that the scientific re- 
port on smoking released by the 
U. S. Surgeon General's office will 
probably settle an argument in The 
Methodist Church. 

Methodist Discipline requires that 
clergymen abstain from the use of 
tobacco. There has been some de- 
bate in Methodist circles as to 
whether this requirement inter- 
feres with a matter of personal 
discretion. 

According to Bishop Reed, Meth- 
odists "have preferred to rely on 
scientific information, and now the 
new information might settle the 
matter and discourage future at- 
tempts to change the Discipline." 



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The Brethren Evangelist 




f>i>iP.A,0\JKe 




Address: 



Rev. and Mrs. Robert O. Byler 

O'Higgins 3162-68 

Buenos Aires 29, Argentina 

Robert June 24 

Jane December 2 

Susan July 31, 1946 

David September 6, 1949 

Stephen March 19, 1951 

Elizabeth Ann June 24, 1955 

Rebecca January 11, 195S 



ARGENTINE MISSION 



FIELD 




The BYLERS 



March 14, 1964 

Address: 



Mr. and Mrs. John D. Bovvsey 

O'Higgins 3162-68 

Buenos Aires 29, Argentina 

John November 28 

Regina May 11 

Susan May 11, 1955 

Philip Andrew June 19, 1958 

Valerie January 1, 1962 



Page Tliirteen 



Address: 



Rev. and Mrs. Kenneth L. Solomon 
Institute Biblico Eden 
Soldini (Pcia. Santa Fe) 
Argentina, South America 

Kenneth September 11 

Jeannette :". . . . July 17 

Timothy February 18, 1956 

Rebecca February 27, 1958 

Joel June 4, 1963 




The ROWSEYS 




The SOLOMONS 



Address: 



Rev. and Mrs. H. Raymond Aspinall 
Institute Biblico ICden 
Soldini (Pcia. Santa Fe) 
Argentina, South America 

Ray January 19 

Marilyn August 8 

Mark Alan December 29, 1955 

Kathy Lynn June 25, 1959 

Claudia Kay August 29, 1961 




The ASPINALLS 



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JESUS CHRIST — THE LORD OF CREATION 

by REV. DUANE DICKSON 



pr THE GOSPEL OF JOHN, chapter one, we find 
■'■ one of the most rewarding and revealing accounts 
of the creation that can be found anywhere in the 
Bible. It very quiclcly passes over the material crea- 
tion, and deals directly and explicitly with the Creator 
Himself. In this chapter, we find Jesus Christ as more 
than Saviour. We see Him as the Lord of creation, 
and we see Him as the Divine Sovereign of the uni- 
verse. 

; John's Gospel is one of the most beautiful literary 
works in the world. The book begins like Genesis. 
The Word was with God before the world was made. 
Then. John unfolds the living message of the life, 
death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. John's pre- 
determined purpose of writing is to prove to the 
readers that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and 
that believing ye might have life through his name 
(John 20:31). Through the message of this book, life 
is given to the lifeless, joy to the joyless, love to the 
loveless, and hope to the hopeless. 

Nothing could be clearer or more emphatic than 
the revelation that John makes of the eternality 
of Christ in the opening verses of his Gospel. By af- 
firmation, by negation, by repetition, he approaches 
the doctrine from every angle to make clear the di- 
vine person of the Son of God. Whenever we declare 
that we cannot understand how the Father, the Son, 
and the Holy Spirit can be three persons and yet 
one person, we need to pause long enough to add that 
we cannot understand how the great, uncaused cause, 
God, can exist from all eternity. It is just as diffi- 
cult to explain the existence of God as it is to ex- 
plain the nature of the Trinity. A little child presses 
us hard with the question, "Who made God?" We 
patiently explain that no one made God; He always 
existed; He Himself created all the vast universe and 
all that is in it. The more we study the mystery, the 
clearer it comes that the inability of finite to en- 
compass the infinite is inescapable. If we claimed to 
know all about God, we would be denying God either 
by reducing the infinite to finite stature or by elevat- 
ing ourselves to divine status. What a glorious pros- 
pect awaits us when faith shall give place to knowl- 
edge and we shall know as we are known! 



John affirms that before a single act of creation 
took place, the Word existed in the very beginning; 
that the Word is a separate personality who was 
with God; that God is the Word. Thus the eternality, 
the separate personality, and the absolute identity 
of the Word with God are affirmed in the very first 
majestic, breath-taking sentence. The Word was not 
just present with God, but was in living, vital union 
and communion with Him. In the following verses, 
John makes clear that the Word is not a created 
being, but is, in fact, the Creator of all. A person 
cannot be the creator of all and also himself a cre- 
ated being. 

Moses sets forth two parts of creation (heaven 
and earth) , but only one beginning. Both Moses and 
John use the word "beginning" in the ultimate sense: 
l7i the beginning. The beginning is not the beginning 
of the Word, but of creation. Moses concentrates up- 
on the revelation of how the world and its inhabi- 
tants were created. He suggests that back of this 
there was the creation of heaven and its created 
inhabitants (the angels) . John blankets the entire 
act of creation with finality when he affirms that the 
Word created everything that had been created. 
Moses emphasizes the creative act of God. John soars 
into the region of the timeless and emphasizes the 
absolute eternality of the Word before the beginning 
of the creation with the statement, the Word was. 
This is not simply pre-existence, it is absolute eter- 
nality. 

Jesus is not bound to the limits of time as are the 
creatures of flesh. The Son of God is from everlast- 
ing unto everlasting, even as the Father and the Holy 
Spirit. Jesus the same yesterday, and to day, and for 
ever (Heb. 13:8). Jesus made explicit statements 
concerning His relationship with the Father: Before 
Abraham was, I am (John 8:58b). Glorify thou me 
with thine own self with the glory ivhich I had with 
thee before the world was (John 17:5). The other 
New Testament writers are very definite in their 
statements about the eternal nature of the Word. 
By whom also h